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  1. RadGuy

    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    Welp, I excluded McGahan on the basis that he wouldn't obit. This was my major 'make or break' punt for 2019. Now that he did obit, I don't think I have a shot in hell of winning this year (not that I expected to). Congrats to those who did pick him! Which is - err, all of youze. I now fall to =16th place, tied with Dead Cow and Sir Creep. Both of those teams will make big improvements compared to last year, imho. Creep, I think, will have his best year yet, even better than 2016.
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    The Weather

    School was cancelled yesterday and today. Wind chills yesterday morning made it near -55°F (-48°C). This morning had slightly less torturous wind chills, but the actual temperature reached its lowest value in years: -24°F (-31°C). My sister stepped outside to do the ''throw boiling water and it automatically turns into snow'' thing. It worked quite well.
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    Name Shame?

    Alright, so, I've decided I want to change my username back to the original RadGuy. It's been 1 and 1/2 years since I changed it to Phantom of the Midway, but people still call me Rad. Also, I'm occasionally confused with the OG @Phantom So fuck it, we're going back to RadGuy. Apologies to pool runners in advance for needing to edit my name in their masterlists/scoreboards... (Also, as this might help with confused folks, could my tagline be changed to: "AKA Phantom of the Midway")
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    The Weather

    We been dealing with the same shit, other Phantom. High-five for Midwest struggles! We got a measly 6 inches from this storm, but of course my shitty town didn't clear the roads, so school was cancelled today. There's probably well over a foot on the ground now, thanks to the previous snowstorms, so it definitely looks like a winter wonderland out there. And Wednesday... aye, school will definitely be cancelled. They're now showing a wind chill of almost -60°F at 8:00AM Wednesday morning. NEGATIVE FUCKIN' SIXTY. Thursday will be a nice, mild, balmy -30°F wind chill. So school may not be cancelled on that day. Would be nice if it is, tho, cause then we'd have a 5-day weekend (Friday is off anyway for teacher conferences). And ya know what's funny? By Saturday and Sunday, high temperatures will be around 45°F. Almost spring-like. The weatherman on TV last night said ''Saturday will feel over 100 degrees warmer than Wednesday''.    Holy shit that's crazy. Well, that's Chicago weather for you.... Anyway, off to shoveling I go...
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    The Weather

    So about a week later, an update. Friday night into Saturday, we did end up with a ton of snow. Around 6 inches fell, possibly more but I'm not sure (well I wasn't gonna fuckin' go out with a ruler, was I?) Tuesday we had an ice storm. I was leaving school for lunch and had to take several minutes to scrape the ice off my car. On the plus side, it didn't ice afterwards, so I quickly left before the traffic at the end of the day, while most other folk were stuck scraping. Wednesday a bit more snow fell. And Thursday. And today. Fuck sake! Today was also frigid as hell, with wind chills around -20°F (-29°C) in the morning. No school cancellations throughout all of this, but I'm not surprised. By Chicago standards, it wasn't that bad. What's ahead? A snowstorm coming Monday morning. Funny thing is - one model shows 3 inches falling here, another model shows 13 inches. If it's the latter - definitely no school. Roads will be fucked. And also if it's that much, the snow on the ground - of which there already is a fuck-ton - will probably be 2 and a half fucking feet! Wednesday morning and Thursday morning wind chills could go as low as -50°F (-46°C)! Definite school cancellations. I'll be enjoying next week in the warmth of my house, it seems.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    With Fatima Ali's death, I am at 4 hits. That's the first time I've gotten 4 hits in a month, and I was hoping that would happen, since I've already gotten 3 in a month several times. Wonder if I can make it 5? Okay, okay, I won't get greedy. Up to 7th place now. Slowly making a climb, but it's very early days so doesn't mean much. I am feeling a bit more optimistic about my performance, though.
  7. Well, she's definitely further left than most Democrats. She has a record of being tough on Wall Street. However, she's voted for increasing the military budget a few times lately (as have many other Democrats, unfortunately). So that was quite disappointing of her. In some ways she also comes off as a bit opportunist. She chose not to endorse Bernie in 2016, likely because she didn't want to get on the bad side of the Hillary-wing of the party. She's a bit of a calculating politician - and she used to be much more honest, aggressive and opinionated. So it appears that being in Congress for a few years has changed her, and not in a good way. Overall, I guess you could say she's somewhat Bernie-lite. But Bernie is certainly to the left of her. Personally, I would easily vote for Bernie (or even Ojeda or Tulsi Gabbard) over Liz Warren in the Democratic primaries. However, I would have no problem casting my vote for Warren in the general election. If the nominee is somebody like Joe Biden, I would just vote third party probably. But yeah - Warren meets the ''progressive enough'' threshold where I would vote for her in the general election.
  8. I like Ojeda a lot. He's moderate on some policies, but in general is a left-populist. He can connect with leftie Bernie-bros like me, as well as with very conservative old-school Southern Democrats, and plenty of independents! Problem is - he's being ignored by the media. He has no chance of winning the primary. The big dogs are Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Beto O'Rourke, and Bernie Sanders - assuming they all decide to run, which is quite likely. For now I'm with Bernie.
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    The Fringes Of Fame/family Of The Famous

    Oy charon I'm disappointed in ya. If you did a bit of research you would've realized this happened in a town right outside Chicago, and could've used it as a dig at me, not the Creep. In fact, it happened about 15 minutes away from my house. Tragic story. (For the record/legal reasons, I had nothing to do with it. There's no way in hell you would ever see me anywhere near a church!)
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    Shivakumara Swami

    Nobody's immortal. One day Valerie Harper, Brackers, and Dilip Kumar will die too... RIP to Sri Sri. Sad he had to live such a miserable existence for the final years of his life. I doubt he actually wanted to keep on living, in fact, he was probably severely demented and couldn't make his own medical choices. It was his crazy followers who kept him suffering because he was a ''walking god''.
  11. Well, today was Conference Championship Sunday. In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints started off hot 13-0 against the Los Angeles Rams, but the fast Rams offense stepped up their game and managed to tie it at 23-23 by the end of the 4th quarter. The game went into overtime, where the Rams won it 26-23. They are headed to the Super Bowl. Personally, this was pretty sad as I believe Drew Brees deserved another Super Bowl ring. But at least he already has one, so it's not that big of a deal. Hopefully he won't retire yet. The Rams, on the other hand, are a great, young team who might end up dominating the league for years to come. In the AFC, the New England Patriots had a 14-0 lead at halftime, shutting out their hosts, the Kansas City Chiefs - arguably the NFL's best offense. Great defensive effort by the Pats. But the Chiefs upped their game, and the score ended up tied at 31-31 by the end of the 4th quarter, and this game went into overtime too! That's actually a first for Championship Sunday iirc. The Patriots won it 37-31 though, and this just confirms that God hates America. Goddammit my head hurts just thinking about another Pats Super Bowl appearance! So, in two weeks, the Super Bowl will be between the Patriots and the Rams. I think the Patriots will win tbh, they're more experienced and less prone to error. And that's what matters in big games, usually. On the plus side, if they do win, Tom Brady will possibly retire, ending the reign of terror dynasty the Pats have established over the past two decades.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    Extremely petty of me to bring this up, but it's been bugging my OCD-riddled ass for a while. My team is listed as having a best placing of ''13th (2018)'', but 'twas actually "=11th (2017)''. Anyway, this had me thinking that maybe a section called "Last year's score'' could be added to team's descriptions as well. I would be willing to collect that information and send it to you, if that's realistic. But I dunno, I guess it's a bad idea cause you'd still have to enter all that info manually, and it would probably just make the team descriptions look cluttered if an extra section is added.
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    The Weather

    The weather in Chicago you ask? After that late November snowstorm, December was quite warm without any snow (two instances of flurries in the week after Christmas, but that doesn't really count). January also started off feeling like spring, but winter has returned with a vengeance... Last weekend we had about 2 inches fall on Saturday. Over the past week a couple flurries... and now it's getting rough. A major winter storm is passing across the country and could dump up to 8 inches of snow upon us tomorrow night into Saturday morning. Sunday will feature lingering lake-effect snow showers. Next week, some more snow showers with freezing rain are possible on Tuesday and Wednesday... Cautiously optimistic that if all that starts piling up, especially with the ice mixed in, we might get another school cancellation sometime next week. But it's doubtful, those shits don't come easy! Especially since we already had one this school year. They can only do so many and might want to save it in case there's a worse blizzard coming up later in the season. This ain't Atlanta where a single snowflake causes the whole city to panic.
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    Political Frailty

    Ha, well, leave it to me to take a joke too seriously, but if you actually want to know: It's basically a month-long fundraiser during the holiday season (in fact, the name of it in Polish uses the word for ''holiday'', not Christmas - I blame the English translation on the War-on-Christmas types getting rowdy) intended to raise money for the underfunded and mismanaged healthcare system in Poland. It usually ends on a Sunday in mid-January (today is the day) with a telethon and concerts. So mayor Adamowicz was stabbed while on stage with - I believe - some performers and Jerzy Owsiak, the celebrity who runs the whole thing. Why was he stabbed? Overall, tensions in the country have been very high since the 2015 election and the government has been accused of taking authoritarian measures, for example trying to stack the judiciary with more of their own judges. A lot of liberal Poles have been protesting and forming organizations, and the right-wingers are quite scared and have been riling up their base (reminds you of someone orange by any chance?) Even the charity event has become politicized as Owsiak, the organizer, is a liberal journo and critic of the government. So some fervent government supporters have boycotted the event. Mayor Adamowicz is also quite progressive, and that seems to be why he was stabbed. According to reports, the man who stabbed him was a disgruntled bank robber who claims he was wrongfully imprisoned and blamed it on the former liberal Civic Platform government (Adamowicz's political party). Hope you found this not completely a fuckin waste of a read interesting.
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    Political Frailty

    Chrissake, that's big news. The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is probably the biggest event of the year in Poland. Political violence is extremely rare in modern day Poland. This is quite shocking.
  16. RadGuy

    Sweepstakes

    Oh, for fuck sake, let me try again I can confirm you're all wrong.
  17. RadGuy

    Sweepstakes

    I can confirm you're all wrong.
  18. RadGuy

    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    Great job, Spade! Thanks for your hard work and for modernizing the DDP website.
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    Inverse Dead Pool 2019

    1. Queen Elizabeth II 2. Paul Gascoigne 3. Donald Trump 4. Bill Turnbull 5. Linda Nolan 6. Dick van Dyke 7. Ruth Bader Ginsburg 8. Olivia Newton-John 9. Prunella Scales 10. Billy Connolly 11. John Andretti 12. Leah Bracknell 13. Betty White 14. George Alagiah 15. Greg Gilbert 16. Valerie Harper 17. Marieke Vervoort 18. John McCririck 19. Olivia de Havilland 20. Prince Phillip 21. Michael Robinson 22. Jimmy Greaves 23. Vera Lynn 24. Beth Chapman 25. Pope Benedict XVI sub: June Brown For fuck sake, these were some really tough choices. It's not an easy year for the Inverse DP at all.
  20. RadGuy

    Deathrace 2019

    Wow! I actually did it! Thanks everyone, especially MPFC for running this fine pool.
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    Deathrace 2019

    Watch this space... if reports of Shirley Boone's demise are confirmed tonight (so far some tabloids like Radar Online and Life and Times of Hollywood reporting, dunno if those count), I win the Deathrace because she was my joker... 1449 + (354 x 2) = 2157 Would be my first deadpool win ever. And I think a record-fast Deathrace win as well.
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    Pat Boone

    Radar Online and some other gossip rags are claiming Shirley Boone has died... https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2019/01/pat-boone-wife-shirley-dies-84-daughter-debby-boone-you-light-up-my-life/ Not confirmed yet, but if true I win the Deathrace... Edit: Several of Pat Boone's friends on Facebook are talking about it, so I reckon it might be true.
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    Political Frailty

    Damn, that was a very quick downturn. Never even really considered him too much for the 2019 DDP. In fact, I don't think I selected him anywhere. Oh well... these things happen.
  24. RadGuy

    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    Yeah a few of us noticed last night that you could access the teams by replacing ''2018'' in the link with ''2019''. Wanted to keep it quiet so Spade had time to make the final tweaks without a bombardment of complaints, but now that it's public info no big deal. Quite surprised Jason DeLisle is a unique for me, I guess the absence of Aussie theme teams helped in that regard. And happy that I'm =5th on the scoreboard, peaking early I guess. (should be =6th because the team that picked Kevin McIntyre is missing points, but all in due course...)* *my own addition to the complaint-bombardment
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    Political Frailty

    Larry Langford, the former corrupt mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, has died aged 72, a couple weeks after compassionate release from prison. Good. I was starting to think he was a fraud. Deathrace hit for me. Also my first DDP hit for To Kill A Gabor Sister, if he gets the QO.
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