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 The Man in Black. 2016 marks the Twentieth Anniversary!

Latest Stiffs: 18th August 2016 by The Man in Black
[Picture of Sepp Blatter and Joao Havelange]

Two fine, upstanding pillars of society...

The Havelange of hits continues...

One of football's leading political figures, Joćo Havelange has died. Havelange was an Olympic swimmer in games either side of World War II. But it was football administration he turned to, becoming President of the Brazilian Sports Confederation before usurping the patrician figure of Sir Stanley Rous to Presidency of FIFA in 1974. Under Havelange's 24-year leadership, the World Cup doubled the number of teams taking part in the finals and there was an increase in commercial and corporate activity, as well as a then controversial award to the USA to host the 1994 World Cup. Havelange was later dogged by allegations of bribery in both his position as FIFA head and as a long-term member of the International Olympic Committee. He died aged 100 and is the 10th hit (one quarter) for the Drop 40.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (40 teams) = 4pts [Joker](2 teams) = 8pts

Killer for Hiller

Canadian-born film director Arthur Hiller started in television before moving to Hollywood. Hiller main specialism was comedies but his biggest hit was the blubfest that was 'Love Story' in 1970, starring Ryan O'Neill and Ali MacGraw, which boosted sales of Kleenex and was nominated for 7 Academy awards. Another notable hit was the 1976 comedy thriller 'Silver Streak' which featured the first team-up of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Hiller was 92 and a hit for three teams including perennial cinema theme team You're Gonna Need a Bigger Coffin.
Robert Goff was a Scottish judge who considered the father of restitution law which is...well you can find out about that yourselves! Goff was 89 and a unique hit for The Douglas Bader Dance Troupe 2016.
Fyvush Finkel was a US character actor, a star of Yiddish theatre. He has a number of TV and film credits, including 'The Simpsons' and the Coen Brothers' 'A Serious Man'. Finkel was 93 and a hit for three teams.

[Scorecard] (Hiller) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 5pts
[Scorecard] (Goff) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
[Scorecard] (Finkel) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 5pts

Artoo dead too

Dwarf actor Kenny Baker ensured lasting cult fame with his role as the wily droid R2-D2 in the 'Star Wars' film franchise. He also appeared in another cult classic, as Fidgit in Terry Gilliam's 'Time Bandits' in 1981. Baker was 81 and among the teams scoring, there's a joker bonus for Star Wars theme team Wretched Hive Of Scum and Villainy.
Glenn Yarborough was an American singer who was in the folk band the Limeliters before enjoying a solo career, the highlight being his 1965 hit 'Baby the Rain Must Fall'. Yarborough was 86 and a hit for a pair.
Now one from July. Bobbie Heine Miller was South Africa's top female tennis player in the 1920s and 30s, winning the French Open doubles title with Irene Peacock in 1927. She died aged 106, a hit for 5 teams.

[Scorecard] (Baker) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unlucky Thirteen] (6 teams) = 9pts [Joker](1 team) = 18pts
[Scorecard] (Yarborough) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 6pts
[Scorecard] (Heine Miller) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (5 teams) = 4pts

List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Bernardo Provenzano, Hanif Mohammad, Andrew Florent

Player of the Month - July

And My Name Is Larry! and Dave's Dead, Aye Dead Drunk - 31 points

Latest News

Speculation and gossip is rising over the health of US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton...
The Theme Team League is updated for August with Shameless maintaining a healthy lead...

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.

Further Information

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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, David Quantick's Showbiz Pals, Dickie's Gone the Way of the Dinosaurs & The End Of The World As We Know It

[DDP 2016]
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
(98 points, 10 hits)

A brief history of dead pools
DDP stats & facts
DDP Archive
Previous winners
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
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