Frank Vincent!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2017 by joecetta

Longtime mafioso portrayer Frank Vincent forgoddaboutit for the last time today, at the age of 78! He is probably best remembered for playing Billy Batts (“Go get your fucking shinebox”) in Goodfellas and Tony’s last main antagonist Phil Leotardo in the later seasons of The Sopranos, but he also gangstered it up in Casino, Gotti, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Grand Theft Auto III and Liberty City Stories, Chicago Overcoat, and New York Undercover, while also making appearances in more varied roles in Do the Right Thing, Raging Bull, Jungle Fever, Stargate Atlantis, and Walker Texas Ranger. Didn’t get into acting until he was pushing 40! Huh! There’s hope for us all yet!

Spoiler alert: Don’t get too attached to Billy Batts

And Sean is back in the game after 215 days away – the longest non-Eileen/Mike Walsh streak going! His second death of the year drags him out of the Wright basement! Nicely done!

Replacement pick due by next Wednesday!

(Incidentally, we’re away from the 15th to the 24th, so any deaths accumulated in that time will almost definitely not be posted about until we get back. Don’t panic!)


Pierre Pilote and Abdul Halim of Kedah!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 11, 2017 by joecetta

I’m not sure how popular the NHL is in Malaysia, but my guess is these two fellas never much heard of each other. Nonetheless, Blackhawks great Pierre Pilote and Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdul Halim of Kedah both enter Death Pool lore today, at the ages of 85 and 89, respectively!

Blackhawks captain defenceman (Canadian spelling!) and three-time Norris Trophy winner Pilote led Chicago to the Stanley Cup championship in 1961 (their last until the current dynasty kicked off in 2010), the second season in his run of eight straight All-Star team appearances. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975 and had his #3 retired by the Hawks in 2008. Bonsoir, Pierre!


Fun fact – Malaysia has a constitutional monarchy wherein the monarch is actually elected, one of the rare occurrences of this in the modern world. With that comes the title Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which translates as “He Who Was Made Lord,” and it was that position which Abdul Halim of Kedah (know long-windedly to his friends as Al-Mu’tassimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah) was elected to twice, in 1970 and again in 2011. His reign as Sultan of Kedah (a region in northwest Malaysia) lasted for 59 years, and was second only to Queen Elizabeth II for longest currently reigning monarch in the world, as of yesterday.

Mike M.’s fourth death with Pilote moves him up to sixth overall while maintaining his Batting Average lead in ’17, while Rob’s third in the last month and fifth overall keeps him in tenth, and jumps him over 100 for the fourth time in the last five years! Good job, guys!

Replacement picks due by next Monday!

John Ashbery and Gastone Moschin!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2017 by joecetta

Pulitzer Prize winning poet John Ashbery and big screen mob boss portrayer Gastone Moschin both opted for the long vacation this Labor Day weekend, at ages 90 and 88, respectively! Ashbery published extensively and was awarded often in his 60+ years in the poetry game, pulling down that Pulitzer, a National Book Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award, a couple of high-level fellowships, entry into a bunch of Halls of Fame, and a lot of poetry sound laurels, such as the Robert Frost Medal. Well versed, John!

Italian actor Moschin had a lengthy career in European cinema and television, often appearing in heavy character roles, winning a pair of Nastro d’Argento Best Supporting Actor awards in his career, however, he is best known to American audiences for his role as Don Fanucci in The Godfather Part II, famously gunned down by Robert DeNiro’s young Vito Corleone, his gun wrapped in a towel catching fire. Arrivederci, Don Fanucci!

And the top of the leaderboard has gotten a helluva lot tighter! Kristin M. nabs 20 on her league-leading 11th death to inch up to third, only 13 points back of the lead, while the commish scored 22 for Moschin and pulls within only six points Sarah at the top! Still plenty of pool left to go!

Replacement picks due by next Tuesday!

Shelley Berman!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1, 2017 by joecetta

Actor and comedian Shelley Berman had a patented one-way telephone conversation for the last time today, at the age of 92! A Chicago native and performer with the Goodman Theatre and the Compass Players (which eventually became Second City), Berman was a hugely successful comedian in the ’50s and ’60s, becoming the first stand-up to play Carnegie Hall, and won the first Grammy given for Spoken Word comedy (at the 2nd Annual awards) for Inside Shelley Berman. He was also a very accomplished stage and screen actor, picking up an Emmy nomination in recent years for his work as Larry’s dad on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and making guest appearances on shows like Boston Legal, L.A. Law, Entourage, Friends, and (going way back) Car 54, Where Are You?, among others.

The commissioner nabs an eighth death of the year, sliding me to third only one point back of the Buonins! Happy birthday to me!

Replacement pick in! Remember, to see the replacement picks, check the very bottom of the Team Year Eleven page!

Richard Anderson!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1, 2017 by joecetta

TV fixture Richard Anderson popped in for his final guest spot this week, at the age of 91! Anderson is probably best known for his work as OSI boss Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman for ABC in the 1970s, but also appeared as a series regular on Perry Mason, Bus Stop, Zorro, Dynasty, and as the narrator for the ’90s iteration of Kung Fu. He appeared in a handful of movies as well, most notably Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Forbidden Planet, Gettysburg, The Player, and The Long, Hot Summer. I’m not even going to get into his TV guest spots! Don’t ask!

And Rob picks up his second death of August and fourth overall, the 19 points on Anderson moving him up to tenth. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Friday!

Jud Heathcote!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2017 by joecetta

Former Michigan State basketball coach Jud Heathcote cut down the nets for the final time this week, at the age of 90! College Basketball Hall of Famer Heathcote’s career pinnacle came when he was on the bench for the Spartans Magic Johnson led national title over Larry Bird’s Indiana State team in 1979, one of the most famous college games in history, in his third year at the school. In all, he would take ten teams to the NCAA tournament – Michigan State nine times and once previously as the head coach of Montana. He also coached the Spartans to three NIT tournaments, which mattered slightly more back then, but come on, seriously, that’s nothing.

And again that Rusakiiwicz is tied for total deaths this year, hitting double digits for the third time, and extending her pool lead with six year team member Heathcote! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Tuesday!

Jerry Lewis, Dick Gregory, Brian Aldiss, and Bruce Forsyth!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2017 by joecetta

Huge weekend! Lots of last minute death business for the Reaper before all the souls attempted to escape in the solar eclipse! As yet, I’ve heard no reports of the dead rising from their graves, so all points accrued up til now will remain with their respective teams.

Sal, Jerry Lewis, Johnny Fiama

Comedy legends Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory delivered their final punchlines, amidst British entertainer Bruce Forsyth and Brit author Brian Aldiss! Ages 91, 84, 89, and 92, in the confusing order of the previous sentence! Lewis’s best work is undoubtedly the mountain of dough raised by his yearly telethon for Muscular Dystrophy – nearly $2.5 billion dollars, by MDA estimates. Outside of that, he made a bunch of movies, some of which were decent, many with Dean Martin, and somewhere along the way got labeled a genius, which has honestly always baffled me. Blaming the French!

Comedian and civil rights activist Gregory was the first black stand-up to cross over into white clubs, and did so without taming his material for the new audience. His numerous books and albums paved the way for everyone from Richard Pryor to Redd Foxx to Chris Rock, while also being a leading voice in the black power movement and an outspoken feminist. He ran unsuccessfully against Daley I for Chicago’s mayorship in 1967, and as a write-in candidate for president in ’68, nabbing over 47,000 votes! He also founded a somewhat dubious weight-loss products company, and believed some wacky conspiracy theories involving the moon landing and 9/11, but hey, I might question government approved stories too if I went though what he did.

Fozzie, Bruce Forsyth

Forsyth has been recognized by the Guinness Book as having the longest television career of any male entertainer, lasting over 75 years! He hosted many British television talk and game shows, including The Price is Right, The Generation Game, Strictly Come Dancing, and The Royal Variety Performance. Stateside he may (?) be best remembered for hosting a season one episode of The Muppet Show, which taped at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Just me?

Prolific sci-fi author Aldiss won a Nebula Award and two Hugos in his day, as well as being inducted in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and being named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Plaudits! It’s hard to point to one definitive, best-known work universal work of his – maybe hardcore sci-fi nerds would know better – but for me, he authored the short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,” which served as the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s last film project, left uncompleted at his death but finished two years later by Steven Spielberg as A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001.

Capone pulls a bit closer to the top five with Eleven Year Man Jerry Lewis, his eighth death, while Kristin M. leaps into third overall with Aldiss, making her the first person to reach double-digit deaths here in 2017! Nick M. and Sam both secured their second deaths of the year on Forsyth and Gregory, landing both in fourth in their respective divisions! Well done, everyone!

Replacement picks due by next Tuesday!