Derby Dead Pool 2006: Inane analysis
- most popular
- by profession
- by birthplace
- by age
There's been some real inventiveness with team names this year, from good old painful puns (AbraCadaver, Coffin Fit, Tomb It May Concern) to sick jokes (Died In A Nasty Accident, Sandals in the Bin), theatrical references (Indeed, That's Out Of The Air and Dead, Dead And Never Called Me Mother), and the downright surreal (Kali Comes To Dinner, John's A Legendary Doughnut, Ilikeekilly).
Themed teams are more in evidence in 2006 than ever before: John Stalkest, who only chooses celebs whom he has seen or met in person, has been joined by Bunch of Old Bags (all women), Murld Leaders (all current or former leaders of countries or churches), Sporting Life...Courting Death (all sportspeople) and The Letter S Means Death! (all surnames beginning with S). Perhaps not the soundest strategy for actually winning the competition, but it certainly adds some amusement value.
|11th=||15th=||Rev Billy Graham||46||1|
|11th=||11th||Zsa Zsa Gabor||46||1|
|14th=||19th=||Lady Bird Johnson||45||1|
|19th||18th||Sir Norman Wisdom||39||1|
With the death of 2005's top pick, Pope John Paul II, the Train Robber and the Milk Snatcher, who were joint 2nd behind him, claim 1st and 2nd places respectively.No-one was brave enough to play their joker on Maggie last year, but this time round, no fewer than 13 teams have been...unlucky for her? Completing the top 4, Kirk Douglas remains in 4th, while the increasingly frail Gerald Ford leapfrogs him into 3rd.
The biggest climbers, however,
down ths list:
The breakdown of celebs by profession (once again, we use the term loosely) reveals that TV and radio are still at the forefront of DDPers' minds, but this year, the music business sneaks ahead of the movies to provide the second-highest number of potential stiffs. Military and ex-military personnel also gain in popularity, with 24 of them being selected compared to just 10 in 2005, most of the newcomers in this category being World War I veterans.The order and percentage share of all the other "professions" has remained remarkably consistent year on year.
Once again this year, the DDP competitors have shown their knowledge of world affairs by picking celebrities who come from (or at least were born in) no fewer than 90 different countries, which means they have almost half the world covered. However, when we analyse these, we find that the US and England dominate the list, accounting for 63% of them.(NB The modern names/boundaries of countries have been used where these have since changed.)
|Country||Number of celebs||Percentage|
|Canada, Italy, Wales||14 each||1.5%|
|Iraq, Republic of Ireland||11 each||1.1%|
|Japan, Russia||10 each||1.0%|
|Austria, Colombia, Greece, New Zealand||4 each||0.4%|
|Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Hungary, Iran, Palestine, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, West Indies||3 each||0.3%|
|Burma, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Zimbabwe||2 each||0.2%|
|46 other countries||1 each||0.1%|
The breakdown by age (as at 1st January 2006) looks as follows. There are far more centenarians this year than last (33 compared to 15), and at the other end of the age spectrum, damn, we forgot to introduce the "no under-18s" rule that we meant to bring in for 2006. Oh well, next year...
|Under 10||0||0.0%||6 points|
Although only marginally more sportspeople have been chosen than in 2005, the balance of them has shifted noticeably in favour of less energetic "sports". From the world of snooker, we have Alex Higgins, Paul Hunter, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Ray Reardon and John Spencer, and they are joined by darts players Andy Fordham, Bobby George, Phil Taylor and Jocky Wilson. There's also been a resurgence in interest in chess grandmasters: David Bronstein, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov and Vasily Smyslov are all tipped to be checkmated by the Grim Reaper this year.