Jarrod Lyle!

PGA tour golfer Jarrod Lyle sunk his last birdie yesterday, at the age of 36! Lyle’s professional career saw him win two tournaments in 2008 and compete in the U.S. Open and The Open Championship in the late ’00s. His health prevented a steady career, but he would make a series of comebacks through into the ’10s before retiring in 2014.

Now this one we’re going to have to talk through a bit. Just to preface – as I’ve stated before, I know the game aspect of this can get a bit ghoulish, but just so we’re completely above board, I’m going to discuss this death across some stark black-and-white facts, as we know them. Understand, I realize the general inappropriateness of this, but we have to talk about it now, while points are being awarded.

While no rule expressly states this (and I will be sure to remedy this in the future), a combination of existing rules can be interpreted to allow this death to pass. By all indications, Lyle died Wednesday night at 8:20 p.m. in Australia. It was announced in the morning on Thursday, again in Australia, referring to him having died the night before. The city he died in is 15 hours ahead of Chicago, meaning he died at something like 3:20 in the a.m. here. Sarah picked up Lyle at 4:57 pm on Tuesday, which means it was 7:57 a.m. in Australia, and Lyle was clearly still alive.

The combination of rules 6, 8, 10, and 11 most apply to this situation. The idea has always been that you cannot add/draft someone on the day they die and get points, but that concept has only been in consideration of the date here, where the pool is taking place, not in this time-jumping international scenario. Rule 8 states you cannot draft anyone who is brain dead, and while Lyle is purported to have slipped into a coma at some point on Wednesday, there is no speculation that he was brain dead. Rule 10 is the basic concept of replacement addition picks, and rule 11 is the catastrophic injury rule, which explicitly disincludes diagnoses of terminal diseases or other surprise announcements regarding general health, which this clearly falls into.

Rule 6 is worded that you shouldn’t draft anyone who is currently missing and presumed dead. This is really the trick to this death – the reason the same day idea exists is because for the most part announcements of deaths aren’t accompanied by times, so picking someone up the same day gets ruled out, as it’s possible the person could have died before they were taken. This is what we’re trying to avoid more than anything else. However, the two things aiding along this situation are that there is definitely a date change in America between the pick and the death, and that the death is time stamped in the announcement.

I know this one is a bit sticky, given all the extraordinary circumstances behind the speed with which this took place. It’s a judgment call, and I think it’s only fair to pass this one – same day here or same day overseas is narrow, but the original spirit of the rule holds up. One thing I want to make clear is that, while this is all pretty remarkable, it isn’t precedent setting. There will still be no argument for picking people up and having them die on the same calendar day, whether a time accompanies the announcement or not. It is not something I want to haggle over, and I’ll get this detailed out in the rules as soon as possible.

And so, after all that, Sarah scores her second death in two days on Lyle, extending her now tremendous lead, and setting a number of personal records in the process. Lyle is Sarah’s 100th death, becoming the first person to hit the century mark in the pool’s history, propelling her to her best year total ever, at 363, with still nearly five months left to play. It is the fifth best year total, after Adam’s record 442 from 2013, and my winning totals from 2017, ’15, and ’16, in order. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!

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One Response to “Jarrod Lyle!”

  1. Favoritism for the commissioner’s wife. sad.

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