I.M. Pei!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2019 by joecetta

For the second time this week, we lose one of our All-Pool Draftees, as architect I.M. Pei finally cornerstoned his last at the age of 102! Even if you aren’t an architecture nerd, you’d certainly recognize some of Pei’s contributions to the world we live in – the glass pyramid at the Louvre, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the JFK Presidential Library in Boston, the National Gallery in Washington, the Hancock Tower in Boston, the Javits Center in NYC – Pei left his mark all over the place. But is his legacy the structures he designed, or the comedy he provided (here in the relationship, anyway)? Two main jokes have chased Pei through my life, both mainly brought to me from Sarah:

J: What do you think I.M. Pei’s son is named?

S: U.R. Pei.

And also, the underfollowed, amazing Twitter account, PeiCheck that the wife discovered, which would provide a daily update on I.M.:

Until, of course, yesterday:

To whatever hero was maintaining this account, thank you! From, the world.

And Kristin M. finally nabs the Pei Day, picking up all of eight points to extend her lead in the Crystal! As said above, this is the second 13x draftee we’ve had depart this week, following Doris Day – there are only 54 of these folks remaining, which may seem like a lot, until you learn we had 87 of them only three years ago! Gah! Pei took a long journey through the pool, starting out on my team way back in ’07, before his stints with Munchak (’08), Sarah (’09 & ’11), Adam (’10), the Skeides (’12), Alek (’13), and Mike Walsh (’14-’15) before landing with Kristin in 2016. Well done!

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Tim Conway and Bob Hawke!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2019 by joecetta

Comedian Tim Conway and politician Bob Hawke continue our hectic week, cleaning up our dry spell marking four scores in the last six days, at the ages of 85 and 89, respectively! Conway is best remembered for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, which won him four Emmys and a Golden Globe, and for his long-running series of Dorf videos in the ’80s and ’90s, which didn’t win him anything. He also picked up awards and nominations for his appearances on McHale’s Navy, Mad About You, Coach, and 30 Rock, receiving 13 Emmy nods in total with six wins. By comparison, Bob Hawke was only the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, sitting in the big chair from 1983 to 1991 – the third longest run in the position in Australian history. He is still the only prime minister to be born in South Australia! I don’t know anything about Australia, so I don’t know why this is significant. Is it like there being no American Presidents born in Idaho, because that seems ridiculous on the surface? Got it!

Legend!

Hawke also entered the Guinness Book of World records for pounding down 2.5 pints of beer in eleven seconds in college – a feat he credited with contributing to his later political success more than any other. Ah, Australia! He would often slam beers in public, even into advancing age, as the crowds loved it – see above!

And the pool rapidly efforts to gallop down totals of years past, as the Skeides get on the board here in ’19 with Conway, a team member for seven of their last eight years (ten time draftee overall), while Sarah jumps up to second place on Hawke, who she acquired last year after he bounced between Kristen G., the Gardons, and Mike M. for five years. Well done, all!

Doris Day!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 14, 2019 by joecetta

Doris Day as Calamity JaneDeadwood this movie was not

Academy Award nominee and America’s sweetheart by wide popular acclaim (in the 1960s, anyway), Doris Day que sera sera’d her last this week, at the age of 97! By some metrics the top female film star in history, Day appeared in numerous hit dramas, musicals, and comedies, including her Oscar nominated work in Pillow Talk, Tea for Two, Tunnel of Love, Calamity Jane, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, The Glass Bottom Boat, The Pajama Game, and the only movie I’ve seen in a theater in non-English speaking country, The Man Who Knew Too Much (trivia for you!). Day was also a wildly popular singer, releasing nearly 30 albums and charting literally dozens of hits on the US charts, including “Sentimental Journey,” “Secret Love,” “Que Sera, Sera,” “If I Give My Heart to You,” and of the more fun titles “Choo Choo Train (Ch-Ch-Foo),” “Put ’em in a Box, Tie ’em with a Ribbon, and Throw ’em in the Deep Blue Sea,” “When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along),” and, of course, “Sugarbush.” She was nominated for six competitive Golden Globes, including for her late ’60s/early ’70s sitcom The Doris Day Show, and received numerous World Film Favorite/Top Female Star honors in the day. She was given the Cecil B. DeMille award in 1989 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

Drafted in every pool we’ve had, Day took a roundabout path to reach the end here this week – originally taken by yours truly way back in 2007, she then bounced from Adam (’08) to Sarah (’09-’10), to Munchak (’11), the Buonins (’12-’14), and Jason (’15), before finding her way back to the commissioner’s team in 2016, and residing ever since. These 13 points extend my newfound lead from the day before yesterday, and tie me with Sarah for second most deaths this year, us one behind the Dondos’ lead of seven.

Day also marks my 100th death all-time, a tally only previously reached by Sarah last year (she is still well out in front, with 113). Fun stroll through the record books time!

The only active teams with at least 50 deaths are Sarah, me, Capone (80), Sam (58), Kosmala (52), and Sean (50). Kristin M. (46) and Bats (44) are strong bets to join this club in the next year. Kristen G. has technically celebrated 98 deaths all-time, but individual team stats don’t combine with joint team stats, fairly or unfairly. By this logic, Kevin has also hung up 73 deaths.

Among active teams by average, Capone’s 8.88 deaths per year (as of this minute) is the most, followed closely by Sarah’s 8.69. They will be supplanted by Dondos when they get a few more years in, no doubt, as they currently average 13.5 over their two years in the game, and their individual marks (Kristen G.’s 10.14 and Kevin’s 9.20) are the highest overall for anyone who played more than a year. Huh!

Peggy Lipton!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2019 by joecetta

Actress Peggy Lipton served her last piece of pie at the Double R yesterday, at the age of 72! Lipton is probably best remembered for her work as Julie on the 1968-73 ABC crime series The Mod Squad, for which she received four Emmy and four Golden Globe nominations, winning the Best Actress Globe in 1971, and for David Lynch’s ABC/Showtime funhouse murder mystery carnival Twin Peaks, where she portrayed diner waitress Norma in the both original 1988-90 run and the single season revival in 2017. She also worked as a model and released hit singles during the Mod Squad years. Most recently, she appeared as the title character’s mother on Angie Tribeca, opposite her real life daughter, Rashida Jones.

And the commissioner is back on top, giving us our first lead change of the year, after Dondos either tied or held the top spot outright since day one, with the 38 points on Lipton. Still a very close pack there at the top! We’re running a little behind past years in deaths, but not as much as you may expect, given the lack of replacement picks here in Year 13. Still, the last time the 44th death of the year came this late was in 2014, which is also the last year to not reach at least 130 in total by the end. Interesting!

Gino Marchetti!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2019 by joecetta

NFL Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti got into the backfield for the last time this week, at the age of 93! An Army veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, Marchetti went to the University of San Francisco after the war, and was subsequently drafted by the New York Yanks (who quickly became the Dallas Texans, who in turn became the Baltimore Colts) in 1952. He made eleven Pro-Bowls as a defensive end, helping the Colts win two NFL Championships, in 1958 and 1959. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972 and was named the second best defensive end of all time by The Sporting News in 1999.

And the Buonins pick up their third death of the year, the 17 points pushing them slightly closer to Bats for the lead in the Holloway. They are still the lowest ranked team with any deaths, creating a fairly sizable gulf between the six teams sitting at zero a third of the way through the year here and those with tallies – the floor now being 44 points.

John Singleton and Peter Mayhew!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2019 by joecetta

Bad week for undrafted greats – director John Singleton, at only 51, was never taken in the pool – wasn’t even on the list! He still holds the record for the youngest Best Director Oscar nominee, for Boyz n the Hood when he was all of 24 years old! Peter Mayhew, the mighty Chewbacca himself, sets an odd pool record, as the most drafted person to die off-team, having been taken eight of the last thirteen years, but not in 2019. I took a pretty thorough glance through the list that houses this information, but as you can imagine it’s enormous, so it’s possible, I guess, that I’m missing someone, but the next most drafted person I could find who delivered no points was The Munsters’ Beverly Owen, who died last year off-team, having been taken seven previous times.

Singleton with Boyz n the Hood cast members Gooding, Ice Cube, and Chestnut

Mayhew and Ford

John Havlicek and Dick Lugar!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2019 by joecetta

Eat that dust, Sen. Bradley!

NBA Hall of Famer John Havlicek and former presidential candidate Dick Lugar reached their own personal endgames this week, at the ages of 79 and 87, respectively! Havlicek is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, winning eight championships with the Boston Celtics in the 1960s and 70s (third on the all-time players list, only behind Celtic teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones). Still the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, Hondo was a 13 time all-star, the Finals MVP in 1974, and invested heavily in Wendy’s after his retirement, making him a burger maven of the highest order. Lugar was the mayor of Indianapolis for eight years before getting elected to the Senate in 1976, a position he would hold for 36 years, before being defeated (in a primary!) in 2012. He was the longest serving Republican in the Senate at his defeat, and holds the Indiana record the longevity in the office. He made a stab at the Commander in Chief’s seat in 1996, but couldn’t circumvent Bob Dole in the primaries.

Bipartisan respect!

The Gardons jump to third overall with their third death of the year on seven-year team member Havlicek, while Sean moves to third in the Wright and nearly equals his 2018 total with the 23 points for Lugar. Lugar’s run in the pool has been pretty entertaining – never remaining on a team for two consecutive years, he was drafted eight times starting in 2012 with Jeff, heading to Bats in ’13, Sean in ’14, Capone ’15, Skeides ’16, back to Capone ’17, Sarah in ’18, before ending up back with Sean this year. Well played on the long game!