THE STATS

NOTE: The Stats reflect the removal of a list on January 31, 2018 at a player's request.

We fired up the old TRS 80 (look it up) and let it crank away at the numbers while we drank beer for a few hours. The results of this exercise were a wicked buzz and the statistics presented below. These statistics are presented to you, dear Death Watcher, as some of the more interesting facts about the 2018 Old Blue Eyes Memorial Celebrity Death Watch. We know you're itching to read these, but we strongly suggest you pick up a growler or two of beer first. Go ahead, we'll wait... .... .... .... .... ... .... .... .... ....
Oh, you're back. Okay, here we go...

A total of 150 Death Watchers are playing this year. That's up 1.4% from last year's count of 148 participants. There were 151 players however one player asked to have their entry removed once the game began. This was the unfortunate outcome of an online rant on our Facebook page. Let's all remember, at the other end of that chat is a real, live human. It's called "civil" discourse for a reason...

Death Watchers from 34 states in the U.S. are playing as are Death Watchers from three other countries. The states represented and the number of Death Watchers from each are: AL(1), CA(12), CO(8), CT(1), DE(1), FL(8), GA(3), IL(2), IN(11), KS(1), LA(5), MA(5), MD(1), ME(2), MI(2), MN(3), MO(5), MS(3), NC(1), NE(5), NH(1), NJ(12), NY(11), OH(6), OR(1) PA(6), SD(1), TN(5), TX(6), VA(4), VT(1), WA(2), WI(3) and WV(4). The countries represented and the number of Death Watchers from each are: Australia(3), Canada(3), and England(1).

Twelve Alternates were exercised this year. Last year thirteen alternates were exercised due to three late season deaths. This year one less Alternate was exercised but all were due to a single late season Celebrity death. Yup, Rose Marie shook up death pools around the globe with that final punchline.

150 lists should result in 1950 total picks entered (Really! count on your fingers!). However, several factors reduced the total pick count (as is typical). Have some popcorn, open that second growler of beer and read on, you'll find out all about it. We're presuming you already finished the first growler of beer, correct?

Normally, at least one player submits a list that is short a pick. Remarkably, that did not happen this year. Instead, three lists were submitted with a pick listed twice. Yup, one player each liked Bob Dole, Doris Day and Kirk Douglas so much they listed them twice. Of course, you are only allowed to pick a Celebrity once. That eliminated three (3) pick positions. So, according to the TRS 80, we're down to 1947 picks.

But wait, someone always picks a dead person, right? Yup. Three someones in fact. Three lists had a pick that was already dead. We're always amazed that this happens. It's not hard to use an internet search engine and we post deaths on our site as part of the game each year. None the less, one player each picked the already deceased Bobby Doerr, Debbie Reynolds and Della Reese. Since you can't score on people who are already dead (ewww, that's an unpleasant double entendre), an additional three (3) picks were removed. The TRS 80 says that brings us to 1944 active picks.

Here's the part that will make you wish you purchased that third growler of beer...83 new names were entered as picks this year. That's up from the 82 new picks entered last year. Of the 83 new names entered, 64 (77.1%) were deemed to be celebrities. If you've been using your fingers and toes, you've figured out that 19 new names were deemed ***Not a Celebrity***. These 19 names occupied 21 pick positions across 16 lists. That means the loss of 21 more pick positions, making our active pick total 1923.

A few comments and thoughts here. One pick that we eliminated, Bea Wain, had also been deemed ***Not a Celebrity*** back in 2016. To make matters worse, Bea is also dead (August 19, 2017). Two rejected picks appeared on two lists. These were Dwight Clark and Kamala "The Ugandan Giant." One list had two picks deemed ***Not a Celebrity*** while two lists had three picks deemed ***Not a Celebrity***. One of those folks we mentioned who double entered a pick on a list also had a pick deemed ***Not a Celebrity*** (shouldn't have been drinking when you put your list together....aw heck, yes you should have.)

To see who got deemed ***Not a Celebrity*** Go to the NOT CELEBRITIES portion of our website. To see our entire existing database or people who are celebrities, click on Frank Sinatra's image on the home page for the OBE or just click HERE. Now, take a minute to reread the Ronnie Hawkins Requirement on the 2018 OBE rules page. This Requirement clearly prohibits a player from "belly-aching, whining, snivelling, wincing, guffawing, or donning of faux expressions of shock" about their pick(s) being deemed ***Not a Celebrity***. We struggled with several of these ***Not a Celebrity*** decisions this year. In the end however, we applied the criteria outlined in the rules and the tried and true method of asking a cross section of folks some of the names. You get what you get and you don't get upset. Now let's get a beer.

Oh? What's that? We're not done yet? Right, donations! Sure we have some statistics on donations too. 65 players (43.3%) donated to the OBE this year. Last year 75 players donated. This year, 57% of our players presumed the other 43% would support them. Moochers, that's what they are. It's not too late to rectify this situation. We take donations all year long via mail and PayPal. If you mail a donation after January 10, please let us know via email so we're sure to visit the PO Box (which we don't do very often after the Death Watch is under way). One more thing about donations. Two people who are not playing made donations (very thoughtful) and one player sent us a Dairy Queen gift card (go figure).

Lot's of information so far, right? You should see the smoke pouring out of the TRS 80. That thing must be working overtime. Or it could be the beer we spilled on it. Hmm, we'll have to look into that.

We're at 1923 active picks across 150 lists. Those 1923 active picks are comprised of 397 different celebrities (18 less than last year.). Of the 397 celebrities picked to keel over, 206 (51.9%) were on only one list (the Tad Szulcs), 55 (13.9%) were on only two lists (the double whammmies), 62 (15.6%) were on three or four lists (the mortage a trois) and the remaining 74 (18.6%) were on five or more lists.

The number one pick this year has been a top five pick since 2005! That pick is Kirk "I'm never going to die" Douglas. Mr. Douglas appears on 106 (70.7%) lists!! That's only five lists more than the dude's age! George H.W. Bush (aka. George Bush Sr.) took the number two spot this year, appearing on 87 (58.0) lists. Billy Graham was knocked down to the number three position being picked on 86 (57.3) lists.

A complete breakdown of celebrities and how many players picked 'em is presented below for your reading pleasure. It's definitely time for another beer.


The Celebrity
Why are they Celebrities?
How Many
Picked 'Em?
Kirk Douglas
Actor
106
George Bush Sr.
Ex-President-Read Blue Lips
87
Billy Graham
DEAD - Evangelist
86
John McCain
Wannabe
77
Olivia de Havilland
Actress
75
Prince Philip
Mr. Queen Elizabeth
54
Beverly Cleary
Ramona At My Funeral
40
Herman Wouk
Author
40
Bob Dole
Politician
37
Bob Barker
Game Show Fur Activist
36
Doris Day
Actress
35
Norman Lloyd
Actor
35
Jimmy Carter
Ex President
34
Carol Channing
Weird Looking Actress
33
Vera Lynn
"We"ll Meet Again"
30
Valerie Harper
Actress
28
IM Pei
Architect
26
Hugh Downs
Old News Guy
25
Henry Kissinger
Talks Funny
21
Nanette Fabray
DEAD - Actress
21
Stan Lee
Comic Book Legend
20
Burt Reynolds
Actor
18
Carl Reiner
Writer/Actor
18
Dick Van Dyke
Actor/Comedian
17
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of England
17
Betty White
Golden Gal
16
Larry Storch
Actor
16
Charlotte Rae
Facts of Life Gal
14
Norman Lear
TV Producer
11
Pope Benedict XVI
Retired Pope
11
Robert Mugabe
Not a Real Nice Person
11
Val Kilmer
He's Your Huckleberry
11
Chuck Yeager
Pilot
10
Mel Brooks
Comedian/Actor
10
Ed Asner
Shut Up, Would Ya?
9
Hal Holbrook
Actor
9
Aretha Franklin
Singer
8
Bart Starr
The Football Player
8
Bill Cosby
Jello Pudding Guy
8
Bob Newhart
Actor
8
Donald Trump
Rich Kid
8
June Lockhart
Actress
8
Larry King
Old Fart
8
Lee Iacocca
The First Auto Bailout Guy
8
Marty Allen
DEAD - Comic
8
Stephen Hawking
DEAD - Smart Guy
8
Tommy Chong
Comedian
8
Barbara Bush
DEAD - Georges Old Lady
7
Clive James
Author
7
Cloris Leachman
Phyllis
7
George Shultz
Politico
7
Harry Belafonte
Singer
7
Hosni Mubarak
President of Egypt
7
Jerry Maren
Lollipop Guild Member
7
John Paul Stevens
Supreme Court Justice
7
Olivia Newton-John
Singer
7
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Judge
7
Bill Macy
Mr. Maude
6
Joyce Randolph
Actress
6
Loretta Lynn
Singer/Crystal Gayle's Sister
6
Marge Champion
1/2 Of The Champions
6
Mikhail Gorbachev
Former Ruskie Leader
6
Ric Flair
Pro Wrestler
6
Shannon Doherty
Actress
6
Sumner Redstone
Media Mogul
6
Tim Conway
Comedian
6
Tommy Lasorda
Hefty Baseball Coach
6
Al Jaffee
MAD Magazine Guy
5
Barbara Walters
Broad with Funny Speaking Voice
5
David Attenborough
Broadcaster/Naturalist
5
Ethel Kennedy
Another Kennedy
5
Eva Marie Saint
Actress
5
Sean Connery
Actor
5
Willie Mays
Say Hey
5
Angela Lansbury
Murder We Wish
4
Burt Bacharach
Singer and Songwriter
4
Charlie Sheen
Actor
4
Diana Serra Cary
Baby Peggy
4
Dick Cheney
Politician
4
Doc Severinsen
Band Leader
4
Glynis Johns
Actress
4
Jerry Lee Lewis
Cradle Robber
4
Jerry Stiller
Comedian/Actor
4
Joanne Woodward
Woodbound
4
Joni Mitchell
Singer
4
Kim Jong Un
Rodman's Pal
4
Little Richard
Musician
4
Mel Stottlemyre
Baseball Player
4
Michael J. Fox
Actor
4
Penny Marshall
Actress
4
Regis Philbin
Host
4
Sidney Poitier
Actor
4
Stan Mikita
Hockey Player
4
Tim Curry
Actor
4
Tony Bennett
Singer
4
Whitey Ford
Baseball Player
4
Wilford Brimley
Actor
4
Willie Nelson
Singer
4
"Superstar" Billy Graham
Wrestler
3
Abdullah The Butcher
Large Wrestler and Rib Slinger
3
Al Franken
Comedy Writer, Senator, Same Thing
3
Artie Lange
Comedian
3
Barbara Rush
Actress
3
Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou
3
Bill Daily
Actor
3
Bryan Singer
Director, Writer, Actor, Abuser?
3
Charles Osgood
Commentator
3
Christopher Plummer
Actor
3
Corey Feldman
Kid Actor
3
Dabney Coleman
Actor
3
David Prowse
Darth Vader
3
Don Shula
Football Great, Steakhouse Great
3
Donald Sterling
Quite the Clippers Owner
3
Gene Hackman
Popeye Doyle
3
Ginger Baker
Cream Drummer
3
Gloria Henry
Actress, Alice Mitchell
3
Harvey Weinstien
Miramax Chief
3
Honor Blackman
Pussy Galore
3
James Randi
Amazing
3
Jane Withers
We bet she does.
3
Joe Jackson (Dad)
Mike, Janet, & LaToya's Pop
3
John Astin
Gomez
3
Julie Newmar
9th Life and Counting
3
Kaye Ballard
Actress
3
Lil Wayne
Rapper
3
Lindsay Lohan
Skank
3
Lyndon LaRouche
Doesn't He Always Run For Pres.?
3
Morton Sobell
A Commie
3
Neil Simon
Playwright
3
Peter Marshall
Circle Get The Square
3
Shecky Greene
Shecky Blue
3
Tom Brokaw
News Reader
3
Vin Scully
Ball Announcer
3
William "Refrigerator" Perry
Big Dude
3
William Daniels
Actor
3
Yoko Ono
Leach
3
Alan Greenspan
Money Man
2
Barbara Eden
We STILL Dream of Jeannie
2
Bernie Madoff
Prick
2
Brian Wilson
Beach Boy
2
Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
2
Cher
Scary
2
Chris Mortensen
Sports Journalist, Sportscaster
2
Cicely Tyson
Actress
2
David Soul
Hutch
2
Desmond Tutu
South African Religious Leader
2
Eddie Van Halen
Man, He Got Valerie
2
Ernest Angley
Touch the screen, touch it
2
Gaston Glock
Gun Dude
2
Gloria Vanderbilt
Fashion Designer
2
Helen Reddy
Actress
2
Jackie Stallone
A Real Piece of Work
2
Jacques Chirac
Something About Anti-Americanism
2
Jan Michael Vincent
Messed-up Actor
2
Jared Fogle
Subway Dude
2
Javier Perez de Cuellar
Former UN Secretary-General
2
John Conyers
Congressman
2
John Madden
Turkey Eater
2
John Szeles
The Amazing Jonathon
2
John Travolta
Actor
2
Justin Bieber
Maybe He'll Get Fever
2
Keith Richards
Rock & Roll Pharmacist
2
Kenny Rogers
You Gotta Know When to Fold 'Em
2
Lamar Odom
Hope He Wore a Sleeve
2
Lee Meriwether
Actress (A Catwoman)
2
Linda Ronstadt
That'll Be The Day
2
Liza Minnelli
Friend of Sinatra
2
Lyle Waggoner
Actor
2
Matt Lauer
Button, button, whose got the button
2
Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racer
2
Miley Cyrus
Tweener
2
Mitch McConnell
Politician
2
Morgana King
Singer, Actress
2
Nichelle Nichols
Lt. Uhura
2
O. J. Simpson
Murderer
2
Pat Robertson
Religious Dude
2
Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
2
Phil Spector
Wall Of Sound, Murderer
2
Pierre Cardin
Designer
2
Piper Laurie
Actress
2
Rhonda Fleming
Actress
2
Richard Simmons
Strange Little Man
2
Rip Torn
Actor
2
Robert Conrad
Actor
2
Robert Wagner
Actor
2
Ron Wood
Stones
2
Ross Perot
Guy With Charts
2
Teri Garr
Actress
2
Vera Miles
Actress
2
Vic Damone
DEAD - Singer
2
Whitey Bulger
Really, a lovely man
2
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
We can't rebuild him
1
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
"Stone Cold" indeed
1
Aaron Carter
Aaron's Funeral (Come Get It)
1
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
ISIS Leader
1
Alan Alda
Actor
1
Alan Arkin
Actor
1
Ali Khamenei
Some Ayatollah
1
Andre Previn
Pianist, Conductor, Composer
1
Andy Dick
Comedian
1
Ann Blyth
Actress, Hostess Mom
1
Ann Coulter
Shock Value Broad
1
Ann-Margret
Actress
1
Arlene Dahl
Journey to the Center of The Earth
1
Arlene Golonka
Millie Hutchins
1
Arte Johnson
Actor
1
Ayman al-Zawahiri
Head of Al-Qaeda
1
Barbara Barrie
Actress
1
Barry Gibb
A Bee Gee
1
Barry Manilow
Singer/Songwriter
1
Bernie Sanders
Feel The Bern
1
Beth Chapman (Smith)
Dog's Gal
1
Bill Clinton
Got Oral From Intern
1
Bill Medley
A Righteous Brother
1
Billie Hayes
Witchee-Poo
1
Bob Dylan
Singer
1
Bob Eubanks
Newlywed Host
1
Bob McGrath
He's Bob From Sesame Street
1
Bob Uecker
Mr. Baseball
1
Bobby Brown
Singer
1
Bobby Hull
Some Hockey Dude
1
Bobby Vinton
The Polish Prince
1
Brendan Byrne
DEAD - Gov. with an arena to his name
1
Burt Ward
Robin
1
Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner
Used To Be For Running
1
Camilla Parker-Bowles
Chuck's Squeeze
1
Carl Palmer
Emerson, Lake and. . .
1
Carol Burnett
Comedian
1
Carole Cook
Actress
1
Caroll Spinney
Big Bird
1
Charles Krauthammer
Political Columnist
1
Charley Pride
Pride comes before a fall
1
Charlie Rose
Charlie shows (us his undies)
1
Chevy Chase
Comedian
1
Chris Jericho
Wresler, Actor, Singer
1
Clarence Thomas
Justice
1
Clint Eastwood
Make My Day
1
Clint Walker
Actor
1
Connie Stevens
Singer, Actress
1
Conrad Janis
Actor
1
Dan Rather
News Guy
1
Danny Masterson
Actor, Scientologist, Rapist?
1
David Berkowitz
Son of Sam
1
David Crosby
Singer
1
David Dinkins
Wasn't the City Grand Then?
1
David Geffen
Mogul
1
Dean Torrence
Dead Man's Curve
1
Demi Lovato
Former Disney Kid
1
Dianne Feinstein
Senator
1
Dick Smothers
Some Guys Brother
1
Don Everly
An Everly Brother
1
Don Imus
Radio Douche
1
Don Larson
Baseball Great
1
Don Murray
Actor
1
Dorothy Malone
DEAD - Actress
1
Dr. John
Musician
1
Ed Ames
Actor/Singer
1
Edd Byrnes
Actor, 77 Sunset Strip
1
Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
1
Engelbert Humperdinck
Release Me…
1
Estelle Parsons
Actress
1
F. Lee Bailey
Attorney
1
Franco Zeffirelli
A Time For Him, Some Day There'll Be
1
Frankie Valli
Singer
1
Fred Willard
Comedian
1
G. Gordon Liddy
The Plumber
1
Gale Sayers
Football Player and Author
1
Gallagher
Splat!
1
Garrett Morris
Comedian
1
Garrison Keillor
Little tomb on the Prarie Home Companion
1
Gary Burghoff
Radar
1
Gavin Macleod
Merrill Stubing
1
Gene Shalit
Movie Critic - Wacky Look
1
George R. R. Martn
Better finish the damn books first
1
George Soros
Rich Guy
1
George Wendt
Norm!
1
Georgia Engel
Georgette
1
Gerard Depardieu
Didn't he rape someone?
1
Grace Slick
Don't You Want Somebody To Die
1
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
Wrestler
1
Harrison Ford
Hans, Indy, etc.
1
Horatio Sanz
Sans Horatio
1
Hulk Hogan
Wrestler
1
Ian McKellan
Actor, Wizard, Super Villain
1
Jack Nicholson
Actor
1
Jack Sheldon
School House Rock +
1
Jackie Mason
Comedian
1
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Wrestler
1
James Earl Jones
Voice
1
James Tolkan
Actor
1
Jane Powell
Actress
1
Jean Kasem
Not A Nice Lady
1
Jean Kennedy Smith
A Kennedy
1
Jeff Sessions
Attorney General
1
Jerry Sandusky
He Touched My Nay-Nay Spot (allegedly)
1
Jerry Van Dyke
DEAD - Actor
1
Jesse Jackson
Racist
1
Jill St. John
Actress
1
Jim Carrey
So overrated.
1
Jo Dee Messina
Country Singer
1
Joan Collins
Actress
1
Joan Kennedy
Former Mrs. *Hiccup* Ted
1
Joel Grey
Actor
1
John Amos
No, not Stamos
1
John Saxon
Gone Saxon
1
Johnny Depp
Six foot Depp
1
Joseph Campanella
DEAD - Actor
1
Joseph Lowery
Civil rights and hate whitey type
1
Katherine Helmond
Jessica Tate
1
Katherine Jackson
Got The Little Jacksons
1
Katherine MacGregor
Little Tomb on the Prairie
1
Keith Jackson
DEAD - Sportscaster
1
Kellyanne Conway
Crazy Lady
1
Ken Berry
Actor
1
Kevin Spacey
Spoiler Alert - Keyser Soze
1
Kim Novak
Actress
1
Kim Richards
Actress
1
Lee Grant
Actress
1
Leslie Phillips
Actor, voice artist
1
Lisa Marie Presley
A kooky one
1
Louis C.K.
"Rubbed" out?
1
Louis Farrakhan
Racist
1
Madonna
Madonna
1
Marion "Suge" Knight
Rapper
1
Marion Ross
Mrs. C
1
Mary Kate Olsen
Half an Annoying Set
1
Max Von Sydow
Father Merrin
1
Max Wright
Mr. Tanner
1
Michael Caine
Actor
1
Michael Constantine
My Big Fat Greek Funeral
1
Michael Douglas
Kirk's Boy
1
Michelle Phillips
A Momma
1
Mickey Gilley
Singer
1
Mike Pence
Veep
1
Milo Yiannopoulos
Go figure
1
Morgan Freeman
Actor
1
Mort Walker
DEAD - Beetle Bailey Dude
1
Mumia Abu-Jamal
Cop Killer, Activist, Both?
1
Nancy Olson
Actress
1
Naomi Judd
Singer
1
Neil Gorsuch
Court guy
1
Omarosa Manigault
The Apprentice Plus
1
Orson Bean
Actor
1
Otis Williams
Big Daddy
1
Paul "Big Show" Wight
Wrestler, Actor
1
Pele
Mr. Cosmo
1
Peter Tork
Hey, Hey, He's a Monkee
1
Peter Yarrow
Puff the Magic Funeral Director
1
Phil Collins
Damn, why did Peter Gabriel leave that band.
1
Piers Morgan
TV Talk Host
1
Prunella Scales
Fawlty Towers
1
Quincy Jones
Musician/Producer
1
Randy Travis
Another Country Music Train Wreck
1
Raul Castro
Fidel's Stand-in
1
Richard Carpenter
A Carpenter
1
Richard Donner
Director
1
Rihanna
Chris Brown's Throwdown
1
Robert Blake
Actor
1
Robert Clary
LeBeau
1
Robert Durst
Murderer?
1
Robert Evans
Film Producer
1
Robert Redford
Actor
1
Rod Carew
Baseball Player
1
Roger Daltry
Hope I Die Before I Get Old
1
Roger Mudd
You're Name is Mudd
1
Ron Jeremy
Porn Guy
1
Ron Popeil
Inventor and Pitch Man
1
Ronnie Schell
Amazing early TV comedy face!
1
Rosalynn Carter
Jimmy's Squeeze
1
Roy Horn
Sigfried's Boy
1
Rupert Murdoch
Owns lots
1
Rush Limbaugh
Radio Guy
1
Sam Moore
Singer
1
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
What a job
1
Scott Hamilton
Ice Skater
1
Sinead O'Connor
I Do Not Want What…I Haven't Got a Pulse
1
Sly Stone
Die To The Music
1
Stella Stevens
Actress
1
Stephen Collins
Actor
1
Steve Bannon
WTF?
1
Steven Seagal
Tubby Karate Guy
1
Steven Spielberg
Director
1
Stuart Whitman
Actor
1
Terry Jones
Member of Monty Python
1
Tina Louise
Ginger
1
Tina Turner
Singer
1
Tommy Lee Jones
Actor
1
Toni Morrison
Author
1
Tony Danza
Actor
1
Tucker Carlson
Political Commentator
1
Valerie Simpson
Ashford's Gal
1
Vince McMahon
WWF, WWE
1
Wallace Shawn
What a face!!!
1
Wavy Gravy
Hippie
1
Wayne Knight
Newman!
1
William Shatner
Kirk
1
Woody Allen
Director/Writer/Dick
1
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