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  1. msc

    Alt Obituaries Deadpool

    Well, a lot of our number play this game, and Gcreptile currently leads it on Day 3 after Thomas Monson (related to Gorilla, right?). Given the Rotten Dead Pool appears to have gone the way of the dodo, and this pool gets talked about a fair bit - I found it via DDT - I thought it could have its own thread? Where we cheer on any of our lot against the (nearly) unstoppable Mr Tierney and co. The points system is similar but different to the DDP, and their criteria is somewhat America, but it's all good fun. Home Page Standings Who's Dead so Far Deathlisters playing in 2018 include Gcreptile, deadsox, Joey, me, Jireomon, Death Impends, Toast, and others I don't immediately spot. In 2017, Deathlister JiroemonKimura won, ending the reign of terror of Gerard Tierney, who won the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions. Good luck everyone. PS We should have started this thread in December and swamped it with DDPers but hey, always 2019, right?
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    The 2019 Deathlist Cup

    Hello, and welcome to the Knockout extravaganza, The Deathlist Cup. Twists and turns, drama, shocks, grumpy hosts, this thing has it all. The only deadpool I ever will run. We're back in February, so, if the first round draw happens on the 20th January, this gives everyone 18 days to decide if they want to enter the Cup or not, and there's already several confirmations. In 2017, deadsox beat Spade, he beat DDT and he beat Death Impends to win the first ever Deathlist Cup. In 2018, Sir Creep got to the final in swashbuckling form, only to find wily old DDT too much. Will DDT go two for two, or will another deadpool heavyweights fight back? Or will anyone win? Willz got to the Quarterfinals last year despite doubting his own ability all the way - outlasted one DDP winner in the process. It's a Cup, skill is good but so is luck. Come one, come all, and look at the new rules... Some Basic Rules which I've tried to explain as simply as possible, but which are open for questions about how obvious things I've forgotten work. The Deathlist Cup 1. This will be a knockout tournament featuring one on one matchups between Deathlist forum posters. These matches will be determined by use of a random draw, using Random.org. 2. If we have an odd number of players ie 30 like in 2017, then certain players will get byes to the Second Round. This will be based on results from the 2018 Cup ie Winner first, then Runner up, semifinalists, etc etc. 3. Players, on receiving their randomly drawn opponent, will have a ten day period to send the Referee their First Eleven for the match by PM, and one sub in case of an early death. These eleven picks can be very low hanging fruit if you so wish, as the point of the game is to score as many “goals” during the month a match is played. ie, a perfect team would look like this 1. Alan Alda 2. Jeb Bush 3. George Bush Jr 4. Bill Clinton 5. Hilary Clinton 6. Barack Obama 7. Jimmy Carter 8. Walter Mondale 9. John Major 10. Tony Blair 11. Donald Trump subs 12. Melania Trump 13. Dick Cheney 14. Sarah Palin As an example. Though in reality, that team would be shit for actually scoring points... 4. PROHIBITIONS – The following picks will be PROHIBITED ie NOT ALLOWED: death row prisoners, anyone who is a prisoner of ISIS or similar terrorist groups, people solely famous for being ill and nothing else, animals, no kids (that’s anyone under the age of 18), no one missing in action who blatantly died already. 5. For clarification, my views on Famous for Being Ill are extremely lenient by forum standards. Is your pick an obscure in their own field type, like a historian from Trinidad? They’re fine. Is your pick someone who is in coma due to a heart attack, or a dad on his last Christmas, or the like, the type no one would have heard of for anything? Don’t pick them, there’s PLENTY of other better options. There’s enough Kate Bowler (published academic, cancer) types in the world that you don’t need Kate Cancer Mum of the Mirror Sob Story. Thank you. 2019 note - This will be stricter in 2019, but 99.9% of picks never worry it. More Marsh Pratley, champion angler, and less pregnant mum discovers her baby is actually a terminal nuclear bomb, or what not. 6. If in doubt, submit a pick, but the decision of the ref (me) is final and is not open to any court of appeal. If you think it’s a dodgy pick, it probably is. If you think the ref is a grumpy Glaswegian, well, he is. 7. Each match will take place over the course of a single month. For example, a February match would take place from February 1st to February 28th (or 29th on a leap year), a March match from March 1st to March 31st and so on... 8. If you do not send your team in before the deadline, your opponent from the previous round takes your place. If neither has a team in, the opponent in the next round has a bye, and I hold a grudge. Hah. 9. Games will be scored in the following manner: A person in your team dies = 3 points A unique person in your team dies = 1 more point (ie 1 bonus point) NEW: Fatality – Your joker. Double points Someone famous only for being ill dies – 0 points because not in the team (hah, bet you thought I wasn’t paying attention here) 10. Here is what happens in the case of a team member dying prematurely (ie on 28th Feb for the March game). If you discover this before the 3rd of the month, your top sub will automatically go into place. If it is discovered on the 3rd or after, sorry about your luck. If it turns out the person was dead and known to be (this is determined via a reference in a newspaper or magazine, not social media) then subs don’t come into play. This was a bone of contention in 2017 AND 2018 and I hope this clears that up. If it bloody well doesn’t I’m instituting a Hewlett Rule in 2020 if still alive! 11. At the end of the month, the player in the match with the highest score wins that game, and will advance to the next round. The player who doesn’t have the highest score will lose, and be eliminated. 12. In the event of a draw, the following tiebreaks will be used: 1st tiebreak = number of hits 2nd tiebreak = average age of hits 3rd tiebreak = flip of a coin 4th tiebreak if needed = asking my child which team has the cooler name (heh) 13. A player is only held to one team for a single match. If they win their match and advance to the next round, they may pick eleven entirely different people for the next round. In this way, folk who announce their terminal illness in, say, May, can be put to good deadpooling use. 14. Qualifying obits? Every single English language newspaper or magazine (ie Bleeding Cool for example) in the universe. Also Le Monde, Le Figaro, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, El Pais and El Mundo. If you still can’t get a QO, well, really… The referee (msc) may make a judgement call based on what he is provided with, and that call will be final. Forum posts on Deathlist, and your own blog don't count, sorry. 15. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, IF YOU ARE GOING TO GET BANNED FROM THE FORUM, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR TEAM FOR THE NEXT MONTH IN ADVANCE. AND IF YOU DO GET BANNED, sending me “I hope your kids die” Private Messages will not get you reinstated. Just a heads up. Example Death Impends, msc, YoungWillz and JoeyRuss hypothetically take part. Random.org gives us these matches: 1. Death Impends v msc (feck) 2. YoungWillz v JoeyRuss This draw takes place in Month 1 (ie January) and is for matches taking place in Month 2 (February). After the draw, each player sends The Referee (ie msc) a team of Eleven Celebrities they think will snuff it in Month 2. Then, for the results: Joey scores in Month 2 with a big name celebrity and a unique but obscure punk music historian. Young Willz gets a unique big name celebrity. The score is 7-4 to Joey, who advances to the next round. Good luck!
  3. Off radar, Graeme Garden got a pacemaker last year or two, and his doctors have told him he needs to drastically cut down his work on heart related health grounds. No word of late bar "recovering from hip replacement", but my least favourite TV personality Gyles Brandreth apparently told friends Barry has been "unwell for a while".
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    The Hartlepool Deadlypool

    That's got to be one of the all time great deadpool punt picks. Well done to @The Dead Cow!
  5. 1931-45, formed due to The Great Depression, wound up dealing with WW2. Although that led to an election where Labour splitting into 3 parties, with the National Government Labour keeping the top jobs, the main party getting gubbed, and the ILP led by Glasgow firebrand Jimmy Maxton. There after, MacDonald (Labour) remained PM, but was replaced under the National Government as PM by Baldwin (Tory) without an election. (Although there was one later in the year which saw a mass swing to the non-NG Labour party, ,which promptly joined the government anyway...)
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    The 2019 Deathlist Cup

    Might as well put this here: Glad to see the Cup has its fans. It's the type of deadpool I wanted to join in for years, and hosting (apart from all the complaints!) was fun. However, all good things must come to an end. Being brief, the hat-trick of doom - weans, ailing relatives and a real life work avalanche in the next 18 months - make hosting the Cup in 2020 highly unrealistic. So consider this 4 months warning to see if anyone else wants to run the 2020 Cup. If so, great. If not, it was fun.
  7. Looking at Page 3 of my copy of the Vote Leave 2016 booklet: Sorry, couldn't resist...
  8. No, its actually completely within the rules of the Fixed Terms Parliament Act, a law brought in by David Cameron to safeguard his own job. From 1600-odd until 2010, any VoNC loss would bring about a general election. Actually, before posting, I was sure of a historical precedent and there is: when Earl Rosebery quit in a huff in 1895, Queen Victoria sent for the Leader of the Opposition, Lord Salisbury, to become PM. He immediately called an election and won an 150 seat majority. For the record, David Cameron, Earl Rosebery and the FTPA are all idiotic things. But it is what it is.
  9. Tonights Pointless Celebs (a repeat from February) has a bunch of 1970s celebs who have clearly seen better days - Les from the Bay City Rollers and Patti Boulaye, for example. Surprised to see how old Martin Jarvis looks and sounds these days though, rocking the doddery OAP look:
  10. Iowa came out 18 years ago? Fuck a duck!
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    The B B C

    One of our regulars wasn't alive for the September 11 attacks, so quite possible.
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    The B B C

    Was at our "corner shop"* earlier. Not very convenient on a Sunday, they were out of bread! *Needn't be on an actual street corner to be yer corner shop. PS It's always been bookies to me so no chance with anyone too young to mind John Major as PM...** ** Was about to type Maggie then twigged the young uns on here are mid-90s kids so no, they wont recall that either! Beginning to know how LFN must feel when no one else remembers Lord Liverpool...
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    American Football Players

    I''ll be completely honest, I'm surprised at the lack of traction Chris Doleman is getting on the forum. Diagnosed with glioblastoma mid-2018 so even if he makes 2020 thanks to surgery, he wont see 2021, and as a NFL Hall of Famer, guaranteed a Daily Mail QO. Would have expected Sir Creep or Chorizo or the like to be trying to push him as a Drop 40 12 pointer lock for next year. But nowt.
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    Alt Obituaries Deadpool

    99.9% of Oscar winners more than 2 people have heard of get the QO. We'll see how far the well goes when Stacy Title (nominee, Wiki) dies...
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    FIFA World Cup Players

    Always recycle bad jokes, I say!
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    Clarissa Eden

    Gave interview to The Oldie in March, paywall busted here. Not much new, but since one of us thinks she died off radar...
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    Scientists, Inventors And Techno Wizards

    According to The New Statesman, James Lovelock is recovering from a lengthy spell of pneumonia.
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    Passed-Punks & No-Wavers

    I just did a search on Cooper Clarke, found this thread, is all.
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    Films with entirely dead casts

    John Ericson who plays the hotel clark was alive as of 2015 so presumably would obit given CV if dead imo. PS Great film. I needn't wonder of my fave (Eagle Has Landed, honest) - Sutherland, Caine, Marsh, Agutter, Standing, etc etc all a long way from qualifying for this thread!
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    Films with entirely dead casts

    Rear Window easily in my top ten favourite films. Great cast, sets and some of Hitchcocks best camera work. The latter sounds pseudy, but feck it, creative/imaginative framing/tone/etc is as much a joy of cinema as the acting imo.
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    Nicholas Parsons

    My point exactly!
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    Who's Going To Be Around For A While?

    As good a place to share this piece on a future DL pick, the great Geoffrey Palmer. 92, still traveling and able to reject scripts because they're shite, he sounds like he's in no hurry to leave us. Also, Jurgen Habermas turns 90, still gives lectures.
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    DDP Team Name Rejects

    Memory a bit better, physical health considerably better than 2015, thanks. [Although saying that always feels like a jinx in waiting! Hah] Famous? No, not really.
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    Nicholas Parsons

    New series. Again St Nicholas sounds OK* but doing the advanced age thing of slurring words together. However, I note that last years Just a Minute wasn't a solitary case, with 2019 public appearances cancelled "due to ill health". Time for him to return to the list in 2020, imo. *Actually, bloody brilliant given most folk his age!
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    Hollywood Possibilities

    A 2 for 1 of sorts. Robert Evans, famed Hollywood producer (Chinatown, Marathon Man), studio exec and coke smuggler, 'retired' by Paramount after 52 years and "in frail health". Apparently promised a job for life by Forum Fave Sumner Redstone, whose health is now so poor these sorts of rulings can be ignored...

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