Derby Dead Pool

The online competition to guess which famous people won't make it to the end of the current year. If they're elderly, ill, or just live a high-risk lifestyle, stick 'em in your team, and for each one whose death you correctly predict, you'll score points. DDP was dreamt up in Derby, England (hence the name...) by Big-Iain back in 1996, then was run from 2003 to 2007 by Siegfried Baboon and Rude Kid. From 2008 to 2009, it was run by Octopus of Odstock, and from 2010 to 2014, The Man in Black. From 2015, who knows? It could be a team effort...

Latest Stiffs: 17th November 2014 by The Man in Black

Burney in

Saxophonist Mike Burney has died of cancer aged 70. Burney's background was in jazz but in 1972 he joined glam rocker Roy Wood for his new band Wizzard. Burney played sax on Wizzard's perennial Xmas favourite 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday', which reached number 4 in a highly competititve Xmas chart in 1973. This obit from ITV news is enough for points plus a bit more as he died on the 13th. Four teams benefit including reigning champion David Quantick's Showbiz Pals. A fourth hit in five weeks means that barring a remarkable late surge from nowhere, DQSP is set to retain the title thanks another late run...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (4 teams) + [Unlucky Thirteen] = 9pts

Corpse Diem

Reality TV participant (I hesitate to use the word "star") Diem Brown has died aged 32 of cancer. Brown was a contestant on MTV's 'The Challenge' and appeared on TV as a presenter although was having to deal with ovarian and then later colon cancer for some years The Daily Mail provide the obit, which a few years ago, would not have arrived. A unique hit for Garf Wants You To Die

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 13pts

Dugdale? Duuugdale?*

2014 heads towards a finish and a new hits record with the following stiffs: William Dugdale was very much a member of the establishment. An uncle (through) marriage of the Prime Minister, David Cameron, Dugdale fought in the Second World War, ran a colliery, competed in the Grand National as a jockey before becoming bettter known as chairman of Aston Villa FC, who under his guidance won the First Division championship in 1981 and the Europeam Cup the following year. He was 92 and a unique hit for Zsa-Zsa-ah-ah-ah! Zsa-Zsa-Ooh-la-la! who also gets an Unlucky 13 bonus. Back of the net!
Warren Clarke was a familiar face on TV and film for over 40 years. First catching the eye as Dim in Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic 'A Clockwork Orange' in 1971, Clarke later had a long-running starring role in the TV cop show 'Dalziel and Pascoe' in the 1990s. He had been filming an updated version of the 1970s classic 'Poldark' before unexpectedly dying aged 67 after a short illness. He was a unique hit for the Kubrick-themed team 2014: A Death Odyssey.
Before Dugdale, another WWII hero has prompted the flag to go half mast in Remembrance week. Tommy Macpherson received three military crosses, a Star of Bethlehem, the Légion d’honneur and the Papal knighthood amongst a host of awards for his activities in North Africa and Italy. He later became a successful businessman. He was 94 and a unique hit for Amanita Virosa.
The final hit (that we know of) for October was Thomas Menino, the Democrat politician, who became the longest-serving Mayor of Boston from 1993 until earlier this year. Menino quit due to ill health but that didn't help his cause and he died aged 71. He becomes the 5th unique hit of this update, for Sleeping With The Fishes...

[Scorecard] (Dugdale) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] + [Unlucky Thirteen] = 10pts
[Scorecard] (Clarke) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 11pts
[Scorecard] (Macpherson) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Menino) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 10pts
*A little pun for the Python fans out there...

List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Glen A. Larson

Player of the Month - October

David Quantick's Showbiz Pals - 31 points

Latest News

Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon gives all his money away, whereas what he should have done was paid Fox TV to axe the long past-sell-by-date show. Doh! Controversy rises over the fate of several files regarding a high level paedophile ring handed to former Home Secretary Leon Brittan which mysteriously disappeared in the mid-80s. Hmmmmm. This one could run and run...
Many thanks to those teams who have offered their services for next year's DDP. Seems The Man In Black may not be letting go just yet...
The Theme Team League is updated for October.

Message to all current competitors: There will be no more regular emails except in certain circumstances, such as rules and invitation to next year's competition.

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Derby Dead Pool is hosted by The Man In Black with contributions from Big-Iain, Rude Kid, Siegfried Baboon, Octopus of Odstock, WEP 2.0 - World's Eternity Prophet Reloaded, The Grey Horde, Thomas Jefferson Survives & Bibliogryphon

[DDP 2014]
This Year
Who's dead so far?
List of the Lost
List of the Missed
A to Z list of teams
A to Z list of celebrities
Drop Forty
Theme Team League
Last Year
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
(111 points, 15 hits)

A brief history of dead pools
DDP stats & facts
DDP Archive
Previous winners
The Living End
The Living End
Octopus of Odstock
Tonight, Matthew, I'm Going To Be Badly-Torn Boy
The Living End
Meet Your Maker
Meet Your Maker
Fallen Sparrow
Otis, You Want A Treat?
Whittaker's Choice
MT Graves
Nick J
Nick J