2018 Celebrity Dead Pool

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Jeff Westover

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Happy New Year greetings! It is time once again for that annual tradition of frivolity and death. It is time for the annual celebrity dead pool.

Unlike other New Year traditions this is one rite of passage with meaning – after all, this stuff could actually happen.

Naturally, this is intended to be nothing more or less than good clean fun. I remind you that this is not a wish list. This is a contest of skill.

It is, perhaps, the only contest where winning means only that you were right and when you’re wrong, well, everyone wins.

Doing this is harder than one thinks. There are at the end of every year only about 90 celebrity deaths. The game requires that you choose ten names and, if you’re lucky, you MIGHT get two right.

If you consistently hit three or better, you’re hall of fame material. If you average only one, you are truly pathetic.

In other words, you must choose wisely.

This beloved tradition continues as it always has with an accounting of last year’s predictions.

For 2017, this was my list of who I predicted would kick the bucket:

1. Kirk Douglas (101) – WRONG. Again. 13 years this cockroach has been on my death list and he defied me yet again. He’s amazing. He’s got chiseled looks, that dimpled chin, he acts and, apparently, he is immortal.

2. Olivia de Havilland (101) – WRONG. Again. I haven’t always had her on my list but this does make about five years now. She survives again.

3. Doris Day (95) – WRONG. I got in trouble when I put her on my list. Not like the time when I put Dick Van Dyke on my list, but still, people didn’t like it.

4. Jerry Lewis (91) – RIGHT. Bought the farm on August 20th, 2017. Bless his heart.

5. Shirley Jones (83) – WRONG. I killed off the wrong Partridge.

6. Bob Dole (94) – WRONG. He spent three weeks in the hospital last fall. The big tease.

7. Valerie Harper (78) – WRONG. Mary went first instead of Rhoda. Pretty good considering she was diagnosed as terminal five years ago. Way to go, Val.

8. George HW Bush (93) – WRONG. Read my lips: he survives yet again.

9. Betty White (95) – WRONG. Stop hissing. She’s at the age where if I take her off the list, she’ll croak. Believe me, this is merciful.

10. Don Shula (87) – WRONG. He was my dark horse in 2017. He disappointed.

So I finish 2017 as a truly pathetic loser. See? I told you this was tough.

But, like a boss, I arise from the ashes of disaster to boldly make all new predictions for 2018. Perhaps I can still return to those glory days of the 1990s when I averaged about four or five year, a time when people had the decency to kick off on schedule.

Here is who will check out in 2018:

1. Kirk Douglas (He’s tradition).


2. Olivia de Havilland


3. Jimmy Carter (I wasn’t a Carter fan as president but he’s entertained me in many ways in his older years. This isn’t a happy prediction. I just think the termites are warming up here).


4. Bob Barker (The time is right).


5. Billy Graham (Back on the list. Faith restored.)


6. John McCain (Fatal diagnosis is not always a good reason to pick someone.)


7. William Shatner (Captain Kirk is a fighter. He’s coming out with another Christmas album first.)


8. Olivia Newton John (One of my first crushes. This one hurts).


9. Queen Elizabeth II (Time for some royal drama).


10. Wilford Brimley (Not a happy pick here either).

As you can see, I’m going out on a limb more this year. Many of the names above are from my alternate list.

My alternate list last year did really well. I predicted Jim Nabors, June Foray, Harry Dean Stanton and Don Rickles on that list. I could have had an epic year.
 

RachRon

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Look forward to reading these every January want to take part but it seems so wrong!!!! Even though I know it’s light hearted.
 

He_Is_Born

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I had two “near misses” in 2017 with Sen. McCain and Ric Flair. While the Nature Boy may be with us a while longer, I wish Sen. McCain a peaceful journey.

For 2018:

1. Walter Mondale
2. Carol Burnett
3. Woody Allen
4. Bill Cosby
5. Aretha Franklin
6. Brooks Robinson
7. Joel Grey
8. Henry Winkler
9. Ned Beatty
10. Sophia Loren

May all of the above have a happy and healthy 2018 as well as all who read this.
 

Meceka

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  1. Nancy Pelosi
  2. Marion Ross
  3. Cloris Leachman
  4. Ed Asner
  5. Stephen King
  6. Bill Clinton
  7. John McCain
  8. Bob Dylan
  9. James Patterson
  10. Olivia de Haviland
 

NcGunny

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This is truly a great thread every year!! Celebs or political figures...when its your "time"..Its your TIME.
Last year was a utter failure for me in the bucket kickers so I am trying a bit harder this year.
1. Clint Eastwood
2. John McCain
3. Alan Alda
4. Julian Assange
5. The "Great One" Ozzy Osbourne
6. Michael J Fox
7. Charlie Sheen
8. Ken Squier
#9 and #10 go hand in hand..drum roll please!!
9. Rosie O'Donnell ( still cant believe HRC lost)
10. Hillary Clinton (just let it go!!)
 

Meceka

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1- Phil Spector
2- Chevy Chase
3- Buddy Guy
4- Dick Van Dyke
5- Joe Biden
6- Matt Lauer
7- Paul Simon
8- Smoky Robinson
9- Sonny Rollins
10- Cloris Leachman

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Plus One- Elvis (for real this time)
 
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AuntieMistletoeDear

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This one hurts. A legend in the world of music and local to me resident.

Rick Hall - 1932–2018
That one must feel like losing a relative; certainly a piece of history in your neck of the woods. OUCH!
 
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AuntieMistletoeDear

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Coming out of the merry side corner; playing along for the first time ...

Ringo Starr
Ned Beatty
Desmond Tutu
Betty White
Kirk Douglas
Liza Minnelli
Doris Day
Sidney Poitier
Angela Lansbury
Billy Graham


Removed Zsa Zsa Gabor off my list 'cause she slipped by from a heart attack without me realizing it.
 

AuntieMistletoeDear

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Once again, no list... and I hope I'm wrong here... BUT... Stan Lee is 95 and he just lost his wife and lifelong companion, Joan, in 2017...
He's a marvel.

I hope we're all wrong, but I must admit I have somewhat of a competitive nature.
 
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