Archive for December, 2010

As another year dwindles down, one can’t help but remember the good times as well as the bad times. Like any year, 2010 had its fair share of ups and downs. As I can recall, 2010 will be best known for Sully landing a plane in the Hudson River, the BP oil spill, Bieber fever, the flight attendant who epically quit his job (aka “hitting the slide”), the census, east coast blizzards, natural disasters, “Gate Rape”, and the Chilean miners.

While these memories represent a wide range of emotions, nothing quite captures the attention spans of Americans better than a good celebrity death. Seriously. There was more news coverage of Michael Jackson’s death than there was of the BP oil spill. That death lasted for weeks, man.

So for a recap. If you were in a Celebrity Death Pool in 2010, there were a few obvious deaths and a few shockers, but if you picked some wild card, chances are you pulled out a win in your league. Some of the more obvious deaths this year:

  • Rue McClanahan (you pretty much have to pick a Golden Girl every year right?)
  • Corey Haim (again, no-brainer.. when you turn down “celebrity rehab” you are pretty much asking for it)
  • Gary Coleman (absolute shit-show his whole life, but was a bit of a shocker)
  • Greg Giraldo (do I have to make a comment?)
  • Elizabeth Edwards (ex-wives getting cancer.. always a trendy pick)
  • Levi Strauss, Jimmy Dean, & JD Salinger (all old as shit)

If you had Corey Haim, Gary Coleman, and/or Greg Giraldo you scored some pretty good points. As for some unexpected deaths there were: “Captain” Phil Harris from Deadliest Catch, Teddy Pendergrass, Ronnie James Dio, Leslie Nielsen, Tony Curtis, George Steinbrenner, and Dennis Hopper.. although the last four would have scored under 25 points.

So if you want to get in on the pool, here’s the deal. My favorite comedian Doug Stanhope set out the rules: 20 picks, 100 pts for a correct pick minus their age. I added a wildcard pick for 25 extra bonus points too (can’t be someone who is known to be sick). So for example, if Justin Bieber dies it would be (100 – 16 = 84 points). If you aren’t good at pools here’s a few helpful tips: its never in bad taste to pick a remaining Beetle/Golden Girl/ex-President/ex-world leader/celebrity with a drug problem. Also, its good to pick at least one young’n for a high-risk/high-reward pick. Feel free to post your own list or steal some from me but here are my ‘official’ picks for 2011:

  1. Michael Douglas (pretty much a given)
  2. Betty White
  3. Joan Rivers
  4. Snooki
  5. Corey Feldman (sorry other Corey)
  6. Kim Jong-Il (+31)

  7. Dick Cheney
  8. Tom Jones (the singer)
  9. David Copperfield
  10. Dr. Ruth
  11. Roy Horn (of Sigfried & Roy)
  12. Aretha Franklin
  13. Carrot Top
  14. Eddie Van Halen
  15. Keith Richards
  16. Gary Busey
  17. Courtney Love
  18. Whitney Houston
  19. Nick Nolte
  20. Iggy Pop
  21. *Wildcard* Penn Jillette