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  1. Evil Grimace

    Derby Dead Pool 2022

    As mentioned in the "Hollywood Possibilities" thread, Henry Silva has died at 95. QO courtesy of the Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-11221843/Oceans-Eleven-actor-Henry-Silva-dies-age-95.html Edit: Re-reading @gcreptile in the above thread gives a Metro QO; my mistake, didn't realize it is a QO source - it isn't listed on the DDP website on the DDP Rules page
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    Statistics

    This seems like the best place to post this. If not, the mods are free to move it where they see fit. There does not seem to be an agreed definition of “bedblocker”. Sure, the perennial pick and dead pooling kryptonite. But a quick search of the forum links it to names such as Leslie Phillips, Shane MacGowan, Dick van Dyke, Emperor Akihito and past claimants to the moniker Betty White, Rev Billy Graham and Bob Dole. Notable contenders that have fallen recently are below: As I see it, a “bedblocker” is a pick that has been picked 4 or more times and has appeared frequently in recent lists. Let me explain the reasoning. In looking at the 2022 list, there are clear bedblockers in Kissinger, DvD, Jimmy Carter, Barker, Phillips and Scales. And there are those who feel like one due to consecutive years of appearance, such as Lansbury, and notably both Greenspan and MacGowan. Here’s the list as on the official front page: Here’s the list sorted by number of appearances: Around 4 appearances feels like the start of bedblocker status to me. Especially with appearances year on year. Looking at those with three appearances such as Le Pen, Delors and Crosby, it feels like they are set to continue on future lists. I forget that someone like Gall is on the list, as their appearances are less regular. Notable examples of past picks not on this year’s list that feel like a bedblocker versus forgotten: Pope Benedict XVI (2017, 2018, 2021) - a likely returnee, but for a while, he felt like the furniture. Louis Farrakhan (2000, 2007, 2018) - yeah, when did you last think of him? As far as I can tell, 2018 was his last notable appearance on both the list and for a trip to Iran (!!). Both of these are below the (arbitrary) threshold of 4 appearances, but feel like much different picks to me. Is it the 'familiarity breeds contempt' of (near) constant appearances? Thoughts?
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    Dead Drummers

    A DDP unique pick, with a QO from the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-62644319
  4. Evil Grimace

    Derby Dead Pool 2022

    Also @Death Impends - you are awesome! I noticed that your 1 August update of the Theme Team League has all the teams now listed, not the top 10. Thanks for your efforts!
  5. Evil Grimace

    Derby Dead Pool 2022

    A question for the Committee: How long at the end of the competion is the grace period for QOs to appear? I ask as I noticed hit 178, Ian Oliver died on 7 July, but only recieved a QO today 8 August: https://www.derbydeadpool.co.uk/deadpool2022/celebs_O.html#oliveri018 Clearly he counts now, but with a delay of a month, if he had died 7 December 2022 and recieved a QO on 8 January 2023, what would be the status of the hit? Edit: nice find @YoungWillz
  6. Evil Grimace

    Baseball

    And the QO from the Gurnard for the three teams that called it in the DDP. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/aug/02/vin-scully-dead-obituary-kos-angeles-dodgers
  7. Evil Grimace

    Derby Dead Pool 2022

    As noted, David Trimble, 1998 Peace Nobel Laureate has died. He can also claim the accolade of 'List of the Missed': https://www.derbydeadpool.co.uk/deadpool2019/celebs_T.html#trimbd Naturally he's garnered the QO from the BBC - why did I make him the only sub for the 'Nobel Notables' theme??
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    William Shatner

    Shatner scheduled to make an appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con to talk about his life and career on 21 July. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-62246829
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    Pope Francis

    On track to visit Canada this Sunday: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pope-canada-visit-comments-1.6523304 Refers to the trip as 'a "pilgrimage of penance" that he hopes can help heal the wrongs done to Indigenous people by Roman Catholic priests and nuns who ran abusive residential schools'. Also repeats the statement from the Reuters interview quoted above on his health issues (he had suffered "a small fracture" in the knee when he took a misstep while a ligament was inflamed).
  10. Evil Grimace

    Derby Dead Pool 2022

    A bit of analysis on the D40 picks who will be dropping in points due to the age brackets they will or have moved into this year. Name Points 1 Jan Birthday Age (Points @ BDay) Teams Frank Field 7 16 July 1942 80 (6) 104 Prunella Scales 6 22 June 1932 90 (5) 66 Rob Burrow 10 26 Sept 1982 40 (10) 52 Billy Connolly 7 24 Nov 1942 80 (6) 48 Tom Weiskopf 7 9 Nov 1942 80 (6) 41 Tim Bilton 10 X XXX 1972 50 (9) 39
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    British Character Actors

    @msc and @YoungWillz Had a chance to read the Gurnard this weekend on Saturday, and the print edition has a QO for Ann Davies written by none other than Toby Hadoke. However, it also appeared online on 10 May. Worth the read, even if old news. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/may/10/ann-davies-obituary
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    Derby Dead Pool 2022

    It is these kind of hits that make the difference - while Jean-Louis Trintignant (J-LT) is D40, only 46 teams have him. Of those, only 7 have him in the top 40 ranking. For those interested prior to the update, this is how J-LT shakes up the standings. If I had a number in mind to keep a comfortable lead, that would be ~20 points.
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    The 2022 Crowdsourced Deathlist

    Thanks to whoever picked this one. I haven't thought of "the master of the pan flute" in years.
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    The Cardinals Of The Roman Catholic Church

    As posted in the Pope Francis thread, a consistory to create 21 new cardinals scheduled for Aug. 27. Sixteen of those cardinals are under age 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave to elect Francis’ successor. From the AP: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/us/pope-francis-fuels-new-speculation-on-future-of-pontificate/ar-AAY6aNH?bk=1&ocid=msedgntp&cvid=351cc5ac983e46a08245a2b436759d88
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    Pope Francis

    The AP article below covers a lot of topics discussed: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/us/pope-francis-fuels-new-speculation-on-future-of-pontificate/ar-AAY6aNH?bk=1&ocid=msedgntp&cvid=351cc5ac983e46a08245a2b436759d88 Speculation on his pontificate due to visiting the central Italian city of L'Aquila in August for a feast initiated by Pope Celestine V, one of the few pontiffs who resigned before Pope Benedict XVI stepped down in 2013 His increased mobility problems that have forced him to use a wheelchair for the last month (see @roaming_comrade post above) Last week when Francis announced a consistory to create 21 new cardinals scheduled for Aug. 27. Sixteen of those cardinals are under age 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave to elect Francis’ successor (Note the number of cardinals to be created here is on par with Francis' past consistories) Commentary that it would be unlikely for Francis to resign while Benedict is still alive; quote “He’s not going to have two former popes floating around,” with the only insight on Benedict being '95-year-old retired pope is physically frail but still alert and receiving occasional visitors in his home in the Vatican gardens'
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