Robert Indiana, Clint Walker, and Philip Roth!

Love sculptor Robert Indiana, Cheyenne actor Clint Walker, and Everyman author Philip Roth completed their lengthy Death Pool careers this week, at 89, 90, and 85, respectively! Indiana’s famous Love first appeared as a MoMA Christmas Card before its re-imagining as a physical structure in Indianapolis in 1970, and versions quickly spread around the world, in multiple languages. There are two dozen versions in North America alone. The 6’6″ Walker had a long career of playing heroes and oversized tough guys, most memorably as the star of the ’50s/’60s western Cheyenne (which was the character’s name – it was not set exclusively or primarily in Wyoming! Huh!). He also appeared in a number of films, including The Dirty Dozen, The Ten Commandments, None But the Brave, and The Great Bank Robbery. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located on Vine Street between Sunset and Selma, in front of the Verizon Store! Plan your next visit accordingly!

Clint Walker was JACKED

Pulitzer Prize winner Roth authored a number of literary classics, including Portnoy’s Complaint, Goodbye Columbus, American Pastoral, and The Human Stain, and received many awards and prizes along the way, including the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. I think I’ve still got a copy of Roth’s The Breast floating around the apartment, wherein the protagonist Gregor-Samsas into a giant breast, because come on, you want to see how that plot plays out.

And widespread parity continues, as perennial contenders raked down points today – 21 to Kristin for Indiana, 20 to Dondos for Walker, and 25 to Sam for Roth! Both Indiana and Walker bounced around a little in their handful of years getting drafted, but nothing compared to the crazy journey Philip Roth went on in his eight years of participation – Kozempel in ’10, Andrea in ’12, the commissioner in ’13, Adam for ’14-’15, Bats in ’16, and Kristen G. last year before landing with Sam here today. Seven teams in eight years! Zounds! Well done, folks!

Replacement picks are due by next Wednesday!


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