THE STATS



After a ten day, multi-beer odyssey we were able to input, review and cut the OBE data six ways to Sunday. Below are some of the more interesting facts about the 2020 Old Blue Eyes Memorial Celebrity Death Watch. The more beer you consume, the more interesting the information becomes...

A total of 124 Death Watchers are playing this year. That's down 16.2% from last year's count of 148 participants.

Death Watchers from 33 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: CA(13), CO(7), CT(1), FL(3), GA(4), IL(5), IN(1), KS(1), KY (1), LA(3), MA(5), MD(1), ME(2), MI(2), MN(1), MO(4), MS(1), NC(1), NE(5), NH (1), NJ(14), NY(10), OH(6), OK (1), OR(1) PA(7), TN(4), TX(4), VA(3), VT(1), WA(1), WI(3) and WV(2). The countries represented and the number of Death Watchers from each are: Australia(2), Canada(2), and England(1).

No Alternates were exercised this year.

124 lists should result in 1612 total picks entered. However, several factors reduced the total pick count (as is typical). Have some popcorn, open that second beer and read on, you'll find out all about it. We're presuming That first beer was done somewhere between CA and TN.

As is typical, we had some lists that were short a pick. Two players entered lists with only 12 picks. That reduces the total pick count to 1610.

It's true, someone always picks a dead person. In fact, two someones picked dead people this year. We really can't believe this still happens. It's called Google folks. You put in the Celebrity name. It tells you if they're alive. Simple. None-the-less, one player each picked the already deceased Herman Wouk and Luise Rainer. Now look, how do you miss that Herman Wouk actually scored hits in the 2019 game? In fact, all three winners for 2019 had Herman on their lists. And as for Luise Rainer, She's not just dead, she's pretty much completely decomposed at this point, having died in 2014. Anyway, our count is now down to 1608.

Hopefully you grabbed a second beer, you might need it. 365 new names were entered as picks this year. That's down from the 61 new picks entered last year. Of the 35 new names entered, 25 (71.4%) were deemed to be celebrities. If you've been using your fingers and toes, you've figured out that 11 new names were deemed ***Not A Celebrity***. These 10 names occupied 14 pick positions across 13 lists. That means the loss of 14 more pick positions, making our active pick total 1594.

A few comments and thoughts. Two of the 10 ***Not A Celebrity*** picks, Roberta McCain and John Andretti appeared on the website's ***Not A Celebrity*** page throughout 2019. Still people picked them. In fact, three people picked Roberta. Folks, we post this junk for a reason! So we can drink beer while doing it! Oh, maybe we post it for two reasons then...

To see who got deemed ***Not A Celebrity*** Go to the NOT CELEBRITIES portion of our website. To see our entire existing database of people who are celebrities, click on Frank Sinatra's image on the home page for the OBE or just click HERE. Now, have another beer, go to the rules page and reread the Ronnie Hawkins Requirement. This Requirement clearly prohibits a player from "belly-aching, whining, sniveling, wincing, guffawing, or donning of faux expressions of shock" about their pick(s) being deemed ***Not A Celebrity***. It was good to have Deathpool Jeff participate in the discussion to determine celebrity status. This provided him some calibration and us some insight and tie-breaking decisions. Now let's get that beer.

"Guys! Guys! What about donations?" 59 players (47.6%) donated to the OBE this year. Last year 75 players donated. This year, 52% of our players presumed the other 48% would support them. That's so not right. Fortunately, 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. Three people who are not playing made donations (very thoughtful).

Lot's of information so far, right? Lot's of beer too if you've been doing what we told you. So, before we get into the nitty gritty, why not get a beer...

We're at 1594 active picks across 124 lists. Those 1594 active picks are comprised of 336 different celebrities (51 less than last year). Of the 336 celebrities picked to keel over, 172 (51.2%) were on only one list (the Tad Szulcs), 55 (16.4%) were on only two lists (the double whammmies), 40 (11.9%) were on three or four lists (the mortage a trois) and the remaining 69 (20.5%) 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 you sick Death Watch Players" Douglas. Mr. Douglas appears on 97 (78.2%) lists!! We're amazed that the other 27 of you DIDN'T pick Kirk! Jimmy Carter took the number two spot this year, appearing on 76 (61.3%) lists. Olivia de Havilland rounds out the top three appearing on 72 (58.1%) lists.

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


The Celebrity
Why are they Celebrities?
How Many
Picked 'Em?
Kirk Douglas
DEAD - Actor
97
Jimmy Carter
Ex President
76
Olivia de Havilland
DEAD - Actress
72
Prince Philip
Mr. Queen Elizabeth
71
Bob Dole
Politician
68
Alex Trebek
What Is A Goner?
60
Bob Barker
Game Show Fur Activist
46
Norman Lloyd
Actor
44
Beverly Cleary
Ramona At My Funeral
41
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Judge
35
Vera Lynn
DEAD - "We'll Meet Again"
35
Hugh Downs
DEAD - Old News Guy
27
John Lewis
DEAD - Civil Rights Activist, Congressman
27
Olivia Newton-John
Singer
27
Carl Reiner
DEAD - Writer/Actor
20
Henry Kissinger
Talks Funny
20
Larry Storch
Actor
18
Betty White
Golden Gal
17
Barbara Walters
Broad with Funny Speaking Voice
16
Larry King
Old Fart
15
Dick Van Dyke
Actor/Comedian
14
Norman Lear
TV Producer
14
June Lockhart
Actress
13
Loretta Lynn
Singer/Crystal Gayle's Sister
12
Pope Benedict XVI
Retired Pope
12
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of England
11
Angela Lansbury
Murder We Wish
10
Bill Cosby
Jello Pudding Guy
10
Bob Newhart
Actor
10
Chuck Yeager
Pilot
10
Hal Holbrook
Actor
10
Marge Champion
1/2 Of The Champions
8
Mel Brooks
Comedian/Actor
8
Sumner Redstone
Media Mogul
8
Ed Asner
Shut Up, Would Ya?
7
Ethel Kennedy
Another Kennedy
7
Eva Marie Saint
Actress
7
Glynis Johns
Actress
7
Pierre Cardin
Designer
7
Al Jaffee
MAD Magazine Guy
6
Burt Bacharach
Singer and Songwriter
6
Cloris Leachman
Phyllis
6
Harry Belafonte
Singer
6
Katherine Jackson
Got The Little Jacksons
6
Pete Davidson
Comedian
6
Regis Philbin
DEAD - Host
6
Sean Connery
Actor
6
Teri Garr
Actress
6
Tommy Lasorda
Hefty Baseball Coach
6
Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
5
Charlie Sheen
Actor
5
David Prowse
Darth Vader
5
Harry Reid
Senator from Nevada
5
Javier Perez de Cuellar
DEAD - Former UN Secretary-General
5
Jerry Stiller
DEAD - Comedian/Actor
5
Joni Mitchell
Singer
5
Leon Spinks
Boxer
5
Little Richard
Musician
5
Mikhail Gorbachev
Former Ruskie Leader
5
Rosalynn Carter
Jimmy's Squeeze
5
Sidney Poitier
Actor
5
Stephen Sondheim
Composer
5
Tekashi 6ix9ine
Crazy Rapper
5
Terry Jones
DEAD - Member of Monty Python
5
Tina Turner
Singer
5
Tom Brokaw
News Reader
5
Val Kilmer
He's Your Huckleberry
5
Willie Nelson
Singer
5
Yoko Ono
Leach
5
Christopher Plummer
Actor
4
David Attenborough
Broadcaster/Naturalist
4
Diana Serra Cary
DEAD - Baby Peggy
4
Dick Cheney
Politician
4
Donald Trump
Rich Kid
4
Eddie Van Halen
Man, He Got Valerie
4
George Shultz
Politico
4
Harvey Weinstien
Miramax Chief
4
Heather Locklear
Bit of a Trainwreck
4
Hosni Mubarak
DEAD - President of Egypt
4
Jane Withers
We bet she does.
4
Joyce Randolph
Actress
4
Michael J. Fox
Actor
4
Prince Andrew
The Duke of York
4
Quincy Jones
Musician/Producer
4
Aaron Carter
Aaron's Funeral (Come Get It)
3
Arlene Dahl
Journey to the Center of The Earth
3
Bernie Madoff
Prick
3
Charles Osgood
Commentator
3
Cicely Tyson
Actress
3
Desmond Tutu
South African Religious Leader
3
Gloria Henry
Actress, Alice Mitchell
3
Honor Blackman
DEAD - Pussy Galore
3
Iris Apfel
Fashion Icon
3
Jerry Lee Lewis
Cradle Robber
3
Joanne Woodward
Woodbound
3
John "Sonny" Franzese Sr.
DEAD - Mobster
3
John Szeles
The Amazing Jonathon
3
Julie Newmar
9th Life and Counting
3
Kenny Rogers
DEAD - You Gotta Know When to Fold 'Em
3
Kevin Spacey
Spoiler Alert - Keyser Soze
3
Lamar Odom
Hope He Wore a Sleeve
3
Ozzy Osbourne
Singer
3
Peter Marshall
Circle Get The Square
3
Robert Clary
LeBeau
3
Robert Wagner
Actor
3
Shannon Doherty
Actress
3
Tim Curry
Actor
3
Tony Bennett
Singer
3
Whitey Ford
Baseball Player
3
"Superstar" Billy Graham
Wrestler
2
Angie Dickinson
Some Old Broad
2
Barbara Rush
Actress
2
Barry Manilow
Singer/Songwriter
2
Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou
2
Brigitte Bardot
Ooo-la-la
2
Cher
Scary
2
Chevy Chase
Comedian
2
Doc Severinsen
Band Leader
2
Don Larsen
DEAD - Baseball Great
2
Don Murray
Actor
2
Donald Sterling
Quite the Clippers Owner
2
Ennio Morricone
DEAD - Composer
2
Ernest Angley
Touch the screen, touch it
2
Estelle Parsons
Actress
2
Gavin Macleod
Merrill Stubing
2
Gene Hackman
Popeye Doyle
2
Ghislaine Maxwell
Thank Heaven for Little Girls
2
Helen Reddy
Actress
2
Jack Nicholson
Actor
2
Jackie Mason
Comedian
2
James Earl Jones
Voice
2
James Randi
Amazing
2
Jane Powell
Actress
2
Janis Paige
Actress
2
Jaye P. Morgan
Why'd Ya Gong 'Em?
2
John Astin
Gomez
2
John Madden
Turkey Eater
2
Lee Grant
Actress
2
Lindsay Lohan
Skank
2
Louis Farrakhan
Racist
2
Luke Halpin
Actor-Flipper
2
Lyle Waggoner
DEAD - Actor
2
Michael Caine
Actor
2
Morgan Freeman
Actor
2
Pat Carroll
Actress
2
Paul Manafort
Political Consultant
2
Phil Spector
Wall Of Sound, Murderer
2
Prunella Scales
Fawlty Towers
2
R. Kelly
Singer, Basketball, Sex Tapes, etc.
2
Raul Castro
Fidel's Stand-in
2
Rhonda Fleming
Actress
2
Richard Simmons
Strange Little Man
2
Robert Blake
Actor
2
Ruth Buzzi
Actress/Comedian
2
Ruth Westheimer
Sex Gal
2
Sacheen Littlefeather
Native American Activist
2
Shecky Greene
Shecky Blue
2
Sly Stone
Die To The Music
2
Ted Turner
Media Magnate
2
Tommy Chong
Comedian
2
Vera Miles
Actress
2
Walter Mondale
Vice President
2
Wilford Brimley
Actor
2
Willie Mays
Say Hey
2
Abby Dalton
Actress
1
Abdullah The Butcher
Large Wrestler and Rib Slinger
1
Al Franken
Comedy Writer, Senator, Same Thing
1
Alan Alda
Actor
1
Alan Dershowitz
Lawyer
1
Alan Greenspan
Money Man
1
Ali Khamenei
Some Ayatollah
1
Andy Dick
Comedian
1
Angus Young
AC/DC Front Man
1
Artie Lange
Comedian
1
Ayman al-Zawahiri
Head of Al-Qaeda
1
Barbara Barrie
Actress
1
Barbara Feldon
Agent 99
1
Barry Gibb
A Bee Gee
1
Bernie Ebbers
DEAD - Sell that Worldcom Kiddies
1
Berry Gordy
Mr. Mowtown
1
Bill Medley
A Righteous Brother
1
Billie Hayes
Witchee-Poo
1
Billy Dee Williams
Lando Calrissian
1
Bob McGrath
He's Bob From Sesame Street
1
Bobby Hull
Some Hockey Dude
1
Bobby Knight
Nutty Basketball Coach
1
Brian Wilson
Beach Boy
1
Bryan Singer
Director, Writer, Actor, Abuser?
1
Burt Ward
Robin
1
Carl Palmer
Emerson, Lake and. . .
1
Carole Cook
Actress
1
Celine Dion
Some Canadian Chick
1
Charlie Rose
Charlie shows (us his undies)
1
Chris Watts
Murderer
1
Clint Eastwood
Make My Day
1
Connie Stevens
Singer, Actress
1
Conrad Janis
Actor
1
Courtney Love
Hole
1
Dabney Coleman
Actor
1
David Copperfield
Magician
1
David Crosby
Singer
1
David Dinkins
Wasn't the City Grand Then?
1
David Hartman
Good Morning America
1
David McCallum
Illya Kuryakin
1
Dean Torrence
Dead Man's Curve
1
Demi Lovato
Former Disney Kid
1
Devin Nunes
Congressman
1
Diana Ross
Singer
1
Dick Smothers
Some Guys Brother
1
Don Everly
An Everly Brother
1
Don Shula
DEAD - Football Great, Steakhouse Great
1
Edd Byrnes
DEAD - Actor, 77 Sunset Strip
1
Elliott Gould
Actor
1
Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
1
Emperor Akihito
Hirohito's Kid
1
Estelle Harris
Estelle Costanza
1
F. Lee Bailey
Attorney
1
G. Gordon Liddy
The Plumber
1
Gale Sayers
Football Player and Author
1
Garrett Morris
Comedian
1
Gary Glitter
Singer
1
Gaston Glock
Gun Dude
1
Gene Shalit
Movie Critic - Wacky Look
1
George Maharis
Actor - Route 66
1
George Wendt
Norm!
1
Gladys Knight
Empress of Soul
1
Gloria Steinem
Feminist
1
Gordon Lightfoot
Singer
1
Greta Thunberg
How Dare You?
1
Grover Norquist
Tax Reform Advocate
1
Ian Holm
DEAD - Actor
1
Jack Osbourne
Ozzy's Boy
1
Jackie Stallone
A Real Piece of Work
1
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Wrestler
1
James Lipton
DEAD - Inside the Actor's Studio Dude
1
James Tolkan
Actor
1
Jane Fonda
Workout Queen, Actress
1
Jared Fogle
Subway Dude
1
Jean Kasem
Not A Nice Lady
1
Jean Kennedy Smith
DEAD - A Kennedy
1
Jerry Nadler
Congressman - Judiciary Committee
1
Jerry Sandusky
He Touched My Nay-Nay Spot
1
Jill St. John
Actress
1
Jim Kelly
Mr. Buffalo Bill
1
Jim Lovell
Astronaut
1
Joan Collins
Actress
1
Joan Kennedy
Former Mrs. *Hiccup* Ted
1
Joe Arpaio
A Sheriff
1
Joel Grey
Actor
1
Joey Heatherton
Actress, Sex Symbol
1
John Williams
(De)Composer , Conductor and Pianist
1
Johnny Depp
Six foot Depp
1
Johnny Mathis
Chances are…..
1
Joseph Lowery
DEAD - Civil rights and hate whitey type
1
Joy Behar
Talk about a misnomer
1
Joyce Bulifant
Actress
1
Julian Asange
WikiFreak
1
Julie Andrews
Actress
1
Justin Bieber
Maybe He'll Get Fever
1
Kim Jong Un
Rodman's Pal
1
Kim Novak
Actress
1
Kris Kristofferson
Singer
1
Lee Majors
Six Million Dollar Man
1
Lee Meriwether
Actress (A Catwoman)
1
Leontyne Price
Opera Singer
1
Leslie Phillips
Actor, voice artist
1
Lil Wayne
Rapper
1
Lindsey Graham
Some Cracker
1
Louis C.K.
"Rubbed" out?
1
Marion Ross
Mrs. C
1
Matt Gaetz
Congressman, Not Designated Driver
1
Matt Lauer
Button, button, whose got the button
1
Meatloaf
Who knows
1
Michael Constantine
My Big Fat Greek Funeral
1
Michael Moore
Did He Do "Super Size it?"
1
Michelle Phillips
A Momma
1
Mickey Gilley
Singer
1
Mike Pence
Veep
1
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Dancer
1
Mitch McConnell
Politician
1
Montel Williams
Talk Show Host
1
Nancy Olson
Actress
1
Nancy Pelosi
Former Speaker of the House
1
Naomi Judd
Singer
1
Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the House
1
Nichelle Nichols
Lt. Uhura
1
Nick Nolte
A Very Troubled Guy
1
O. J. Simpson
Murderer
1
Orson Bean
DEAD - Actor
1
Otis Williams
Big Daddy
1
Pat Sajak
Wheel of Misfortune
1
Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
1
Peter Cetera
Singer
1
Peter Max
Artist
1
Phyllis Coates
Lois Lane
1
Pope Francis
The Pope
1
Prince Charles
Funny Looking Fella
1
Ric Flair
Pro Wrestler
1
Richard Carpenter
A Carpenter
1
Ringo Starr
Beatle
1
Rob Reiner
Meathead
1
Robert Conrad
DEAD - Actor
1
Robert Durst
Murderer?
1
Robert Redford
Actor
1
Roger Corman
Director, Producer
1
Roger Mudd
You're Name is Mudd
1
Roman Polanski
Some Like 'Em Young
1
Ron Jeremy
Porn Guy
1
Ron Wood
Stones
1
Ronnie Schell
Amazing early TV comedy face!
1
Roy Horn
Sigfried's Boy
1
Rush Limbaugh
Radio Guy
1
Sam Moore
Singer
1
Sandra Day O'Connor
Justice
1
Sandy Koufax
Baseball Player
1
Scott Walker
Politician
1
Sheldon Adelson
Casino Magnate, Politcal Player
1
Sirhan Sirhan
Que Sirhan Sirhan
1
Stella Stevens
Actress
1
Stephen Collins
Actor
1
Stephen King
Why Indeed
1
Stephen Stills
It's Getting To The Point….
1
Stuart Whitman
DEAD - Actor
1
Susan Saint James
& Wife
1
Tippi Hedren
Actress - The Birds
1
Tom Seaver
Baseball Player
1
Tom Smothers
A Smothers Brother
1
Tommy Lee Jones
Actor
1
Valerie Simpson
Ashford's Gal
1
Vin Scully
Ball Announcer
1
Warren Buffet
Mega Investor & Money Guy
1
Wavy Gravy
Hippie
1
Wayne Knight
Newman!
1
Willard Scott
Goofy Weather Man
1
William Daniels
Actor
1
Woody Allen
Director/Writer/Dick
1
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