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: 20th July 2016 by The Man in Black
[Picture of Happy Days]

Rock around the coffin...

No more Happy Days for Marshall

The Man In Black returns from his summer holiday just as things are starting to hot up in the DDP race...
Garry Marshall was a US TV producer-cum Hollywood film director. His first big hit was the TV version of the Neil Simon play and film 'The Odd Couple', featuring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as the sparring flatmates Felix and Oscar. He followed this up one of the defining TV hits of the 1970s, despite being initially set in the 1950s, 'Happy Days', which launched the careers of the likes of Ron Howard and Henry Winkler. Marshall then turned to Hollywood, scoring a massive hit in 1990 with 'Pretty Woman', which propelled Julia Roberts to superstardom. Marshall, whose sister Penny also had a successful directing career, continued working until very recently so his death from pneumonia aged 81 was somewhat unexpected but not by Spongebob's Pet Snail who gets a unique hit.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts

Bonnie's Brown bread

June was a relatively quiet month, with the exception of the massive hit of Muhammad Ali. But recent hits have made the battle for DDP supremacy reminiscent of Ali's epic battles with Joe Frazier. The big two contenders, David Quantick's Showbiz Pals and The Living End have been trading hit after hit, to the point where they might very well run out of picks! Bonnie Brown was part of the sibling country trio The Browns who were key in the development of the "Nashville Sound" in the 1950s. Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie enjoyed a number of hits before breaking up in 1968. Bonnie died aged 77 and was a hit for several teams including The Living End, who curiously also successfully picked her brother last year.
Péter Esterházy was a Hungarian writer of aristocratic background, whose part-autobiographical 2000 novel 'Celestial Harmonies' was a critical hit. He died aged 66 from pancreatic cancer, with The Living End and DQSP scoring along with 3rd placed Thomas Jefferson Survives who remains in touch.
Before all that, the reigning champion bagged another hit. Abdul Sattar Edhi was a Gujarati philanthropist who settled in Pakistan after partition in 1947. The Edhi Foundation set up a number of clinics helping the poor, the elderly and the sick. Edhi died aged 88 or so, with three teams including DQSP scoring. Altogether, this means that The Living End and David Quantick's Showbiz Pals have an incredible 15 hits so far this year, equalling the all-time record from 2013. However, there's still over 5 months to go and considering that only 20 picks are allowed per team, this suggests a somewhat slower but tense climax to an amazing competition...

[Scorecard] (Brown) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] = 7pts [Joker] (1 team) = 14pts
[Scorecard] (Esterházy) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (12 teams) = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Edhi) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 6pts

Radu stick Beligan?

I think I'll stick him here!
Radu Beligan was a veteran Romanian actor who continued treading the boards until well into his nineties in a career that lasted nearly 80 years. He died aged 97 and was a unique hit for Obituarynotice.
A DDP update isn't a DDP update without a couple of "oldies" expiring. Goldie Michelson was an American supercentenarian, the oldest in the States, although she was actually born in Russia, over a decade before the Revolution! She died aged 113, a unique hit for Falling Off The Perch.
And just as Britain's Gladys Hooper was moving up the World's Oldest table, she decided to keep her appointment wth the Grim Reaper. Ther former concert pianist was Britain's oldest person until her death also at 113. A more popular hit than Michelson with 12 teams.

[Scorecard] (Beligan) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Stigwood) [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 6pts
[Scorecard] (Hooper) [Points] [Points] [Points] (12 teams) = 3pts

Goran's had enough of it

Another recurring theme in DDP is of sick war criminals.
Goran Hadžic became the head of the short-lived Serbian-Croat Krajina republic in 1992 in an attempt to head off Croatia's breakaway from the former Yugoslavia. It ultimately failed but not without considerable bloodshed, with Hadžic accused of carrying out various atrocities. He died aged 57 awaiting trial after being captured five years ago. Five of the teams bubbling under score vital points.
Now a couple of uniques. William Lucas was a veteran actor, best recognised for his role of Dr Gordon in the short-running but popular 1970s childrens series 'Black Beauty'. Lucas was 91 and a unique hit for theme team The Gallifrey Regeneration Game as chosen on the basis of his appearance in the 'Doctor Who' serial 'Frontios', which Lucas attained at short notice when the original choice for the role of Range, Peter Arne, was murdered in 1983!.
Cartoonist Frank Dickens created the tubby, bowler-hatted, downtrodden office clerk 'Bristow' for the Evening Standard in 1962, the daily comic strip running continuously for 41 years. Dickens would get up early on the Monday, write and draw the cartoons for the week, send them off and then go down the pub. I want to be a cartoonist! Dickens was 84 and a unique hit for cartoonist theme team Poisoned Pens.

[Scorecard] (Hadžic) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (5 teams) = 9pts
[Scorecard] (Lucas) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Dickens) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
[Scorecard] (King) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts

List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

Eudoxie Baboul, Robert Fano, M@rk Nurth3n

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Alan Vega

Player of the Month - June

It's Grim Up North - 16 points

Latest News

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan survives a military-backed coup, but for how long?
The Theme Team League is updated for July with Shameless' lead slightly cut...

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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