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  1. RadGuy

    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.
  2. Well, I'm back in school today after quite a long break. My last semester of high school. Grades don't matter anymore, a lot of days off, and 2 free hours in the middle of the day... should be okay!
  3. Well, it was a heartbreaking way to lose, but perhaps not even the worst of the day... the Ravens fumbling away their miraculous comeback was pretty bad too. I was pretty pissed off at Cody Parkey, but the video shows the kick was actually tipped, so not his fault. And he did score most of our offensive points anyway. I think the blame rests on Matt Nagy's conservative play-calling in the first half. Anyway, I'm still hopeful for the years to come. We're a very young team, so our Super Bowl window is huge. We have several more years of opportunity, while for teams like the Saints and Chargers, it's probably this year or bust. The way I see it, we're following the Rams' path. Last year they had a new coach that changed the team around, but lost Wild Card Weekend anyway. That was the Bears this year. This year the Rams were so good they got a first round bye, and I'll be paying close attention to how far they make it, because that could be the Bears next year too.
  4. RadGuy

    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    Reuters UK obit for Kevin McIntyre.
  5. RadGuy

    Foreign Personalities, From Stage, Screen, Politics And Life

    Bengali politician Syed Ashraful Islam is dead. Deathrace pick for me and a few others.
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    Political Frailty

    Kevin McIntyre, chairman of the FERC from December 2017 until his resignation in October 2018, has died. Picked in some pools, perhaps the DDP too, but I doubt he gets a qualifying obit. We'll see.
  7. RadGuy

    Your Personal Survivors

    2016: Valerie Harper, Clive James, Hosni Mubarak (3/20) 2017: Leah Bracknell, Gay Byrne, Greg Gilbert, Kris Hallenga, Heidi Loughlin, Rena Salmon, Valery Spiridonov (7/20) 2018: Leah Bracknell, Greg Gilbert, Jose Jose, Dilip Kumar, Philomena Lynott, Fernando Ricksen, Nobby Stiles, Marieke Vervoort (8/20)
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    Deathlist correctlist 2019

    Kirk Douglas Herman Wouk Leah Bracknell Robert Mugabe Bob Dole Bob Barker Stirling Moss Bob Hawke Nobby Stiles Tony Britton Clive James Johnny Clegg 12 deaths. 25% Bob, 75% non-Bob. (Edit: Ha! Technically 33% Bob if you count Robert Mugabe) No joker for me btw.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    As is my tradition on January 2nd, some self-analysis. Fatima Ali: Year to live as of September, Mail QO cert, no-brainer. There is a chance she could outlive that prognosis due to young age, but that would have to be by over 3 months for her to not score in 2019... John Andretti: Scan results were supposed to come in around Christmas, but he never tweeted them. I took this to mean it was bad news and he was trying to think of the best way to announce it, but just yesterday he tweeted that 2019 will be the year he has surgery to remove the cancer. Well, good for him. Samu Anoa'i: Could never find out if the operation was successful, but it's stage 4 liver cancer so I don't know how much it could help him anyway. If he's still wrestling though, definitely not a lock for the year. Gerard Basset: Not giving up the fight, but if he was offered hospice care a couple months ago, the doctors know they can't really do a damn thing to help him. Susan Bayh: Nearing her 60s, glioblastoma. The family does not seem very optimistic. Mail QO via AP is guaranteed, she already had two such articles post-diagnosis. Thought she has a chance be a unique, but I felt like TJS would have her - such a TJS pick! I was right. So do Joey and Predictor. Kathleen Blanco: Cancer metastasized, did a farewell speech. Probably dead by the summer. Johnny Clegg: His pan-can has reached stage 4, and you could tell in the latest interview he was weak. I mean, he could barely talk! OTOH, claims he has 2 years left. I don't think his doctors have been educating him well on his prognosis... Tim Conway: In the middle of family drama, so chance his condition is being exaggerated. But if it's true he's ''barely responsive" and ''has trouble swallowing'', he's fucked. Drop 40 hopeful. Jason DeLisle: My ''last potential unique standing''. Not mentioned on any teams in this thread yet, but somebody else had to have picked him, I guess. Anyway, stage III/IV borderline colon cancer since November 2017, so not a complete dead-cert as it's not very advanced. But I just had to choose him. Never submitted a team without a boxer, and each year they've been hits for me. Better choice than Joe Bugner. Barry du Bois: Stats suggest he could see 2020, but I put him on defensively. Now I'm regretting that because many people don't have him anyway! Andrew Fairlie: Well, him retiring from his beloved restaurant was a sign he was on the way out. Brain cancer now terminal and treatment won't help him, so he's on his way out. Bill Freehan: Well, hospice w/dementia is much less ominous than hospice w/cancer, so not a cert. But it's still hard to imagine him living 12 more months. Clive James: He's one of 3 remaining survivors from my 2016 team. Year after year, seems to be an update that has people thinking he's finally going to succumb. This time, there was photo-evidence of a physical decline. Still not a cert, though. Lee Kerslake: I know nothing of his genre of music, so I originally thought he was one of those "Blabbermouth/Loudwire/Rolling Stone obits only'' names, but once I saw how much traction he was gaining, I knew he was more famous than I assumed. Of course, with 8 months to live, he will die this year, barring a miracle. Larry Langford: Was supposed to be a DBN/Deathrace-only name but after Ricketts died, I said fuck it all and included him. Might be a fraud as he's been claiming terminal illness for a few years, wanting release from prison. Last rites on December 27th. Released on December 28th. Apparently he's currently in hospice care, but I wouldn't be surprised if he has a miracle recovery now that he's a free man. So yeah, bit of a punt. As for QO: surely the Mail will come through for the corrupt mayor of Alabama's biggest city. Karen Lewis: She was my biggest unique hope, but then I saw someone play her in a couple on-forum pools in very late December, so knew she'd be on a few other teams. Household name here in Chicago, when she retired from the Teachers Union in June due to glioblastoma, I knew she was fucked. Recently tweeted something ominous too. As for an obit, the Morning Star is an option, and the Mail again... she's the woman who ruined the career of the mayor of Chicago, after all. Sacheen Littlefeather: Meh, stage 4 breast cancer is one of the least severe of stage 4 cancers, so not a cert. But she was diagnosed with it very early 2018, and this is a recurrence iirc. Also a fascinating figure. Not a lot of people chose her, so could be a useful differential. Fernando Ricksen (JOKER): An ALS joker is always a risk, but he looks frail, is worth 26 points as a joker, and really seems to be following Joost's timeline. The best choice I had, really. Fred Rister: My biggest obit punt for sure, but being David Guetta's right-hand man means he could get something. He's ended treatment according to French press in November, but my French isn't great, and neither is Google Translate, so I'm not entirely confident it's as grim as it seems to be. Jean Louis Trintignant: Certainly dying, has the lethal combo of giving up on treatment many months ago + a farewell appearance. A bit old but Drop 40 practically guaranteed, so he's worth enough points. Overall, doesn't look like a great team. My off-forum research was terrible, as usual. I mean, I'm the biggest NFL fan on the forums, I made a fucking NFL theme team, yet I still missed the fact that Hall-of-Famer Chris Doleman has brain cancer! That one will be pissing me off all year. Otherwise, I didn't take advantage of BBC local obits returning, having missed Billy Clayton in my research as well. In general I have too many punts, potential frauds/exaggerators, and obit risks. I'll be glad if I can make a third consecutive appearance in the top 20.
  10. RadGuy

    The 2019 Deathlist Cup

    I'm in for another year.
  11. RadGuy

    Only Famous For Being Ill And Dying

    Inspirational cancer-suffering Purdue student Tyler Trent has died at the age of 20. Deathracer for me and a few others. Sad story, from near my neck of the woods too. RIP.
  12. RadGuy

    Derby Dead Pool 2018

    Deadline for obits has passed so congrats to Pity Da Foolz on his victory.
  13. RadGuy

    Shadow Lists

    1. Jean Louis Trintignant 2. Tim Conway (May 14, 2019) 3. Dilip Kumar 4. Stirling Moss 5. Pat Bowlen (June 13, 2019) 6. Violetta Chamorro 7. Terry Jones 8. Bob Hawke (May 16, 2019) 9. Nobby Stiles 10. John Hume 11. Bob Barker 12. Clive James (November 24, 2019) 13. Kathleen Blanco (August 18, 2019) 14. Roberta McCain 15. Leslie Phillips 16. Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (April 23, 2019) 17. John McCririck (July 5, 2019) 18. Jill Gascoine 19. Katharine Whitehorn 20. Leah Bracknell (September 29, 2019) 21. Kirk Douglas 22. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 23. Sidney Poitier 24. George Alagiah 25. Virginia McCaskey 26. Robert Mugabe (September 6, 2019) 27. Bob Dole 28. Pope Benedict XVI 29. Balbir Singh Sr. 30. Barbara Windsor 31. Loretta Lynn 32. Norm Coleman 33. Bill Macy (October 17, 2019) 34. Harry Reid 35. Walter Mondale 36. Bill Turnbull 37. F. W. De Klerk 38. Lamont Dozier 39. Jimmy Carter 40. Franco Zeffirelli (June 15, 2019) 41. Kenneth Cope 42. Valerie Harper (August 30, 2019) 43. Thad Cochran (May 30, 2019) 44. Olivia de Havilland 45. June Lockhart 46. Gay Byrne (November 4, 2019) 47. Rosalynn Carter 48. Sandra Day O'Connor 49. David Prowse 50. Jim Kelly 14/50
  14. RadGuy

    2019 DDP Salvage Lot

    Subs Andrew McGahan - gonna punt that he doesn't get the obit, I got Heimel vibes from him. But everybody else chose him so I feel like I fucked up. Stirling Moss - probable Drop 40er, but old people linger, I could use him elsewhere Jill Gascoine - same as Moss Final cuts Michael Murphy - I think he died off the radar in late 2018, that's happened before with criminals (Raymond Hewlett, Leo Sharp). Nanci Ryder - Year after year she's one of my final drops. Eventually she'll ''pull a Yarnall'' @msc Ady Barkan - Despite dramatic headlines, he's still out and about campaigning, only in his 3rd year of ALS, and will live on to see the 2020 election Pete Frates - Still too stable, might last like Gleason John Hume - he's dying, but I had enough dementia picks Jordan Dawes - only spread to lymph nodes so should be around for at least a couple more years Gary Bigeni - Stats suggest he might not die, and a QO risk John Cocks - considered him heavily until the optimistic December update George Alagiah - more 2020 Sandy Alderson - seems grim reading between the lines, but that's not the type of folk I go for John McCririck - seems a bit of a drama queen, and I need facts, not dramatization. But he's this year's Wetton/Mark E. Smith so congrats to those who chose him. 2018 picks dropped Leah Bracknell/Greg Gilbert - I had them 2 years in a row and grew bored Nobby Stiles - Time for some new dementia picks Dilip Kumar - Immortal? Immortal. And not much points. Marieke Vervoort - Not too bad of a pick tbh, but euthanasia entirely dependent on her mindset. Jose Jose - Voice made him sound extremely ill in October audio clip, however he's a drama queen straight out of a telenovela! Philomena Lynott - Too few points... Dropped early Bill Turnbull - not at all as ill as the press makes it sound Doddie Weir - ''year left if I'm lucky'' ALS sufferer... he can still WALK! He'll be extremely unlucky if he dies in the next 3 years of ALS. Norm Coleman - treatment's working. Roman Reigns - his cancer doesn't seem too severe. Pat Smullen - tumor operated on Sonali Bendre - advanced cancer, but what type? Went back home to India because treatment seems to be working.
  15. "probable Drop 40er who isn't as ill as he's dramatized to be, both in the press and on the forum" = Bill Turnbull "Also dropped someone who is almost a dead-cert and will be on several contending teams, but probably won't muster the obit." = Thuy Thanh Truong "The main one I'm dabbling with now is a bloke who I think understated his life expectancy." = Doddie Weir "And I was quite surprised to find out that two names of the same nationality, who were practically locks, have a couple more years left in them if statistics are to be believed. However, I expect at least one of them to make my team anyway, because a lot of the current locks won't make the starting line!" = Gary Bigeni and Barry du Bois... and yes, du Bois did end up getting subbed in after Skovgaard's death. "off forum young'un" = Jordan Dawes, as I already mentioned "oldie cert to die, dropped due to technicality" = Pat Bowlen. Dropped him because I was already playing him in my NFL theme team and wanted to use more names. "pussied out of" = Michael Murphy, I think he died off the radar in 2018 and would be a dud pick like Raymond Hewlett and Leo Sharp, a potential fraud too anyway And my last minute switcheroo was Stirling Moss and Jill Gascoine swapped out in favor of Samu Anoa'i and Lee Kerslake. But that wasn't even the last of my team changes! I think that covers all my hints.
  16. RadGuy

    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    To Kill A Gabor Sister 2019 1. Fatima Ali 2. John Andretti 3. Samu Anoa'i 4. Gerard Basset 5. Susan Bayh 6. Kathleen Blanco 7. Johnny Clegg 8. Tim Conway 9. Jason DeLisle 10. Barry du Bois 11. Andrew Fairlie 12. Bill Freehan 13. Clive James 14. Lee Kerslake 15. Larry Langford 16. Karen Lewis 17. Sacheen Littlefeather 18. Fernando Ricksen (JOKER) 19. Fred Rister 20. Jean Louis Trintignant
  17. RadGuy

    New Year Greetings

    Happy New Year to all of you! It's been great to spend another year on these forums, and to see yet another batch of Deathlist selections. It's only 7:38pm on December 31st here in Chicago, so I haven't started my celebrations yet, but I will be leaving soon for what should be a fun night. I'll be back tomorrow afternoon to share my DDP team, Shadow List, and more. Can't wait to see all of yours as well!
  18. RadGuy

    Thoughts and opinions on the death list 2019

    Hmm, some interesting newbies. Johnny Clegg is a good one, as is Bob Hawke. I can see why they didn't go for Fernando Ricksen (angry Rangers fans) nor Tim Conway (American-only fame). Jean Louis Trintignant a bad miss, though! Sort of disappointed they didn't choose Rosalynn Carter, or Queen Lizzy for that matter. Not likely to die, I know, but would be good ''too big to miss'' choices. They certainly would've been better picks than Vanessa Redgrave and Larry King, imho. Jill Gascoine, Pope Benny, and Leslie Phillips are bold drops. Though, I assume Gascoine was dropped after they realized what a surprising success it was to boldly drop Nobby for a year. Overall, I predict 12/50.
  19. RadGuy

    Shaun's Death By Numbers 2018

    Hello, deathlisters! The world-famous "Shaun's Death By Numbers" is back, with your new host - Phantom of the Midway. Here are the basic rules: - Make a list of 50 people (preferably in alphabetical order), with 3 substitutes. Nominate one person as your joker. - Submit it to me by midnight on New Year's (British time). - You can make 5 substitutions to your team at the halfway point - July 1st. But we'll talk about that later. - No death row inmates, terrorist hostages, or longevity claimants (see below) allowed. Picks must be 18+ and human. You know, the obvious stuff. - Same QO rules as the DDP. If Spade makes any changes to the QO rules for next year, those will apply for here too. - FFBI are allowed, but good luck getting most of them to QO anyway. Here is the scoring system: For each dead person, the points you will receive are the last two digits of their date of birth. For somebody born in 1900, you get 0 points. For somebody born in 1999, you get 99 points. The reason I don't allow longevity claimants is because there are no people alive proven to have been born before 1900, so I ain't gonna give you xx points for somebody claiming to have been born in 18xx. There are no bonuses - not for unique, not for Drop 40/Deathlist - nothing. The only points you get is the last two digits of their date of birth, so choose wisely. Your joker scores double points when they die. I will not be submitting my own team. Good luck to you all!
  20. RadGuy

    Shaun's Death By Numbers 2018

    Update #25 26 December 2018 - Sister Wendy Beckett (b. 1930) - Gooseberry Crumble, DevonDeathTrip 29 December 2018 - Simon Ricketts (b. 1968) - Sean, drol, Joey Russ, CaptainChorizo, DeathImpends 30 December 2018 - Hector Timerman (b. 1953) - drol, Joey Russ, gcreptile, Captain Chorizo, DeathImpends, DevonDeathTrip Scoreboard: DeathImpends 1527 gcreptile 1420 Captain Chorizo 1289 drol 1276 msc 1198 Joey Russ 1172 Grim Up North 1116 Book 965 Sean 928 DevonDeathTrip 924 Prophet 911 The Unknown Man 680 Banana 664 FixedBusiness 652 Wormfarmer 551 John Key 519 Torva Messor 488 Toast 471 YoungWillz 386 Gooseberry Crumble 272 Grigori 189 mr.whit 125 Bibliogryphon 113 Final update as the competition is closing right when I post this - 00:00, 1 January 2019 (GMT). I honestly thought for a while we might not get any hits at all in December, but after Christmas the Reaper decided it's the perfect time for carnage. No leaderboard changes however, DeathImpends remains on top. In fact, his lead grew thanks to Simon Ricketts. So, officially: DeathImpends wins Death By Numbers 2018! This is it - I am signing off as host. Thank you all for competing. Now, I pass the baton to gcreptile...
  21. RadGuy

    Derby Dead Pool 2019

    To Kill A Gabor Sister 2019 is in. Hoping this is the year I finally crack the top 10, but I doubt it. Feels like there's something missing from my team... too many punts and oldies, not enough reliable high-scorers. Oh, well, we'll see how it goes.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2018

    I didn't want to post this yesterday, as Spade was probably busy with all the 2019 Ricketts subs, but there is a little correction to be made. Yesterday, when Ricketts died, his Guardian obit put his age as 48, and Spade awarded 13 points (including D40 bonus) accordingly. Well, as it says in his DDP bio, he was actually born in 1968. Social media suggests May 17th, so he was 50. Luckily, controversy will be avoided as the Guardian edited their obit to say he was 50. So that'll be 12 points, actually. No big deal, but, y'know... for fairness sake.
  23. RadGuy

    Derby Dead Pool 2018

    If I did the math right, I now fall from 9th place to 13th place. And I was so excited for my first top 10 finish, especially after I just missed out last year too at =11th! Oh, well, still a good performance and I did smash my personal hits record. If only I had chosen a better joker.... whatever, onto 2019!
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    A journo exposes herself as a DDP player.
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    Fuck, that's quite annoying for 2019 teams. But it makes my decision on who to joker a bit easier... Now I wonder if he'll obit in time for 2018 teams to score points? Seems like the type of name who doesn't get a QO until a week or two after dying...

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