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: 19th September 2016 by The Man in Black

Albee damned!

Summer's over but the deaths continue...
Edward Albee was a triple Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who burst onto the Broadway scene in 1963 with the Tony Award-winning 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', which was later made into a film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Considering that the play was about a disintegrating marriage, a somewhat apposite piece of casting! Albee continued writing into his seventies and was considered America's foremost living literary figure until of course, he lived no more at the age of 88. Two teams score points, with IBetYouWon'tPrintCunt getting the credit for the pun too!
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi pretty much ran the gamut of Italian politics in the late twentieth century, taking on the top jobs of Governor of the Bank of Italy (1979-1993), Prime Minister (1993-94) and finally President from 1999-2006. He was a key supporter of the Euro, which is something Great Britain doesn't have to worry about any more! Ciampi was 95 and a hit for four teams.
Prince Buster was a pioneering Jamaican musician, whose shuffling "ska" music influenced a generation of British post-punk bands such as The Specials, The Beat, Madness and The Selecter amongst others. His biggest UK hit came over decade before. 'Al Capone' reached the top 20 in 1967, with the Specials effectively sampling it for their 1979 debut single 'Gangsters'. Buster was 78 and a hit for three teams. Just don't call him Scarface...
Now another hit from August. Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani was one of the many disposable leaders of the "so-called Islamic State" involved in their never-ending war in Syria. Al-Adnani was killed by US forces. However, considering the propaganda war going on, it's often difficult to establish who has died or who hasn't. For instance, another terrorist Abu Omar Al-Shishani was killed in July according to ISIS, but the US changed their minds on confirming his demise, so we're left in limbo with that one! As for Al-Adnani he is officially dead at around 38 years of age. Two teams win the points, with The Grim Actuary snatching the player of the month award in the process...

[Scorecard] (Albee) [Points] (2 teams) = 6pts
[Scorecard] (Ciampi) [Points] (3 teams) = 5pts
[Scorecard] (Buster) [Points] (3 teams) = 7pts
[Scorecard] (Al-Adnani) [Points] + [Unnatural] = 13pts
List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

Yang Jingnian, Lindsay Tuckett, Clare Atkinson

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Eric "Lord Littlebrook" Tovey, Rose Mofford, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, Gordon Guthrie

Player of the Month - August

The Grim Actuary - 17 points

Latest News

Hillary Clinton collapses at the 9/11 memorial service, prompting speculation on her health and chances of even completing the US Prsidential election campaign...
The Theme Team League is updated for September with Shameless still comfortably ahead...

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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