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, but from 2010 onwards it's the turn of The Man in Black to run the DDP.

Latest Stiffs: 30th August 2013

Morgan's last line-out

Rugby international Cliff Morgan has died. Morgan played 29 times for Wales before becoming a broadcaster for the BBC. Morgan edited 'Grandstand', later worked at ITV before returning to the Beeb to present Radio 4's sports programme. He was even a captain on 'Question of Sport'. But his finest hour came in 1973 when he was a late replacement for Bill McLaren in the commentary box for the visting All Blacks tie against the Barbarians, a match considered one of the greatest of all time, with "that try" by Gareth Edwards. He was 83.
Two teams score but there's no conversions in this game...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 6pts

Gilmars the start of the season

Former Brazilian international footballer Gilmar has died. Gilmar was goalkeeper for the Seleçăo, when they won their first two World Cups, in 1958 and 1962. He also had a long and successful club career, first with Corinthians and then with Santos, playing alongside the legend that is Pele. Gilmar was 83 and another hit for football theme team Kicking Buckets Instead Of Balls and the second member of Brazil's World Cup winning side to pass away in a month. Well they were good at passing...

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

Urn-ie Winters

Comedian Mike Winters has passed away. Winters, with his brother Bernie, were one of the UK's most successful double acts in the 1950s and 60s, with Mike playing straight man to Bernie's tomfoolery. The brothers acrimoniously split up in 1978, with Mike moving to the US, while Bernie responded with a new partner, the dog Schnorbitz. Bernie died in 1991, when the DDP was a gleam in it's creator's eye.
Mike died aged 82. Rookie team Unusual Suspects prosper

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

The late Post

Film director Ted Post has died. Post is best known for his collaborations with Clint Eastwood, first on TV in the 1960s western series 'Rawhide', before directing the star in the films 'Hang 'em High' and 'Magnum Force' in 1973. Post later directed on television. Post was 95 and a unique hit for People I Think Might Die In 2013 United.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts

Marian McParting

Jazz musician Marian McPartland has died. British-born McPartland specialised with the piano and moved to the USA after the Second World War. She teamed up with cornetist Jimmy McPartland and played at the legendary Hickory House. McPartland wrote over 50 compositions and worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie (he of the enlarged cheeks) and rock band Steely Dan. McPartland was 95 I admit to being slightly late to cottoning on to this pick. As such, in terms of time it's Drunkasasunk's second hit as many days

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 5pts
Latest Stiffs: 24th August 2013

May the corpse be with you, Gil

Cinematographer Gil Taylor has died. Taylor, whose career began in 1929, worked with the likes of Roman Poloanski and Alfred Hitchcock, but is best remembered for his work on the original 'Star Wars' film in 1977. His favourite work was the monochrome camerawork for Stanley Kubrick's classic 1964 cold war satire 'Dr Strangelove'. Taylor was 99 and a hit a hit for 4 teams...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (5 teams) = 5pts

Back to Hell for Haney

Crime family matriarch Big Mags Haney has died after a battle with cancer. Haney came to prominence in the 1990s as the head of an anti-paedophile campaign in Stirling, Scotland, but this only served to expose her and her brood (AKA "The Family from Hell") as rapacious criminals. Haney served six years at Her Majesty's Pleasure for drug dealing. She died aged 70. DDP veteran and former champ Drunkasaskunk is rewarded for keeping his ear to the ground...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 10pts

Kelly zeroes in

Actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died aged 43, yet another fortysomething death this month. Kelly was one of the stars of the late 90s/early 00s US tv sitcom 'That '70s Show'. However, after leaving the series in 2003, she struggled with drugs/drink addiction. Kelly died at a Los Angeles addiction facility but the cause is as yet unknown and although she has normal death points at the present time, this may change as there is a suspicion of foul play.
Brimful Of Asha will be waiting for more bonuses in addiciton to the unique one...

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

Heartache and the fat man

Veteran US political journalist Jack Germond has died. Known in Washington hack circles as "the fat man", Germond covered the US political scene for over half a century and was widley respected despite his rather unkempt appearance and hard nosed approach. Germond was 85 and a unique hit for Carne And Sarne, Plus Eighteen, who get a 4th hit for the year.

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

Obit fuss Rex

When the former mayor of Swindon Rex Barnett died back in June, it seemed no legit obituary was fortcoming. However the fallout from his passing, namely the by-election, merited a mention for Barnett on the BBC website. Barnett, who was 73 was a big unique hit for Heading Nowhere, who are now handily placed in 4th and back among the main contenders as we head towards the final third of the year...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 10pts
Latest Stiffs: 13th August 2013

Brookes' can't get out of bed

Apt in the week England secure the Ashes series, the DDP stiffs column raises its bat for a third time with the death of Jon Brookes, drummer with semi-legendary indie veterans The Charlatans. Brookes was a founding member of the band, who have enjoyed the ups and downs of the British pop scene for over twenty years. In 2010, Brookes was diagnosed with a brain tumour after collapsing in Philadelphia, USA. Sadly, after several operations, he succumbed aged just 44. Girlfriend In A Coma get a much-needed boost to their DDP aspirations with a unique hit and 15 points.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] + [Unlucky 13] = 15pts

Prince and the revolutions in the grave

Another fortysomething to bite the dust is Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau. Prince Friso was a member of the Dutch royal family and was second in line to the throne. But after marrying Mabel Wisse Smit in 2004, he was removed from the line of ascension. In 2012, Friso was involved in a skiing accident and had spent the last 18 months in a coma. He died in The Hague aged 44. Netherlands-based team If This Team Wins, The Beer Will Be one of a trio to raise their glasses tonight...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 10pts

McLetchie's histTory

Scottish Conservative politician David McLetchie has died. McLetchie was a lawyer and leader of the Scottish Conservatives during the time of devolution and low times for the Scottish Tories. He represented Lothians as an MSP in the devolved Scottish parliament. McLetchie died of cancer aged 61, a unique joker hit for Dead By Dawn and with it a superb 22 point haul...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] x [Joker]= 22pts

Clark heads back to the interior

After a relatively shallow period, the Grim Reaper returns from his summer vacation with three hits on August 10th. The first is William P. Clark, one of Ronald Reagan's closest advisors, who has died aged 81. Clark first worked with "the Gipper" in 1966 and served as Secretary for the Interior in Reagan's presidency. Once more with an eye on the American market, the Daily Mail steam in with an obit. Theme team "Oh Ronnie, Where Art Thou..." (guess what that's about?) get a second hit of the year.

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

DDP officially Gormeless

Singer Eydie Gormé has died. Gormé, of Spanish/Jewish extraction, paired successfully with her husband Steve Lawrence as well has having several hits on her own, such as 'Blame It On The Bossa Nova', a hit in 1963. Gormé was 84 A less fashionable pick than she was a few years ago, when she became ill towards the end of 2009, Gormé becomes a unique hit for theme team 20 Crooners Croakin'.

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

László hunted down

Alleged Nazi (they're always alleged these days, as well as being pretty old) László Csizsik-Csatáry has died whilst awaiting trial for his war crimes. The Hungarian was accused of deporting some 15,000 Jews to their deaths during World War Two. One suspects he maybe going in the opposite direction to Bertold Beitz...
He died in hospital aged 98. Two teams pick up the points, with obscure celebs theme team Not Gone Yet, But Still Forgotten doubling up.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 5pts [Joker] (1 team) = 10pts
Latest Stiffs: 5th August 2013

The music stops for Amis

Music critic John Amis has died. Despite being deaf in one ear, Amis (cousin of the author Kinsgley) went on to have fruitful career in the classical music field, as critic, organiser and even as an occasional tenor. Amis is best known as one of the panel of Radio 4's 'My Music' from 1974-1994, alongside Ian Wallace, Frank Muir and
Denis Norden. Amis was 91 and a unique hit for Bloody Dead Rep, who picked Ian Wallace succesfully in 2009. Denis Norden had better watch out...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts

Another one Beitz the dust

German industrialist Bertold Beitz has passed away. Beitz was the head of the multinational conglomerate ThyssenKrupp and a former IOC vice president. But his best act on this planet was to save some 800 Jews from almost certain death at Nazi death camps in World War II by employing many of them as essential workers to his oil company, whether they knew anything about oil for not. He later recieved the highest honour for non-Jews in Israel for his efforts. Beitz was 99 and a hit for 2 teams, including theme team Death Speaks German.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 5pts

Dicky Byrd

Former US Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. has died aged 98. Byrd succeeded his father, Harry F. Byrd Sr. as Democratic Senator for Virginia in 1965 and served until 1983. In 1970, Byrd left the Democrats and pitched up as an independent. He was the oldest surviving senator at the time of his death. Four teams score.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (4 teams) = 5pts

Colm inches towards the grave

Irish broadcaster Colm Murray has died after a three year battle with ALS. Murray was a familiar face in Ireland as anchor for RTÉ's sports coverage from 1989 until his illness. It was during the period of Ireland's golden age in football, with famous appearances in the World Cup under Big Jack Charlton.
Murray died aged 61 and was a unique hit for Better Them Than Us! who move to 6th.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 11pts

A private Benjamin funeral for Brennan

Character actress Eileen Brennan has died. Brennan's ouevre tended towards comedic parts in film spoofs such as 'The Cheap Detective' and 'Murder by Death', but she also had a long-standing collaboration with acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovic. But her most famous role was as the brusque Captain Doreen Lewis in the 1980 Goldie Hawn comedy 'Private Benjamin', for which Brennan recieved an Oscar nomination. She later starred in a spin-off series based on the film. Brennan was 80. Two teams score one of whom, ZZ Topped, get their first hit in three years and avoid the dreaded wooden spoon...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 6pts
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Further Information
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 and The Grey Horde

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