Hear ye! Hear ye!
Step right up, boys and girls, step right up......we are proud to pry open, for the first time ever, that tasteless and fun "slam bam, git in the dirt, m'am" thread.....The Cyburbia Death Pool 2009 Edition. Come on down, join the festivities!
We are absolutely positive that Calendar Year 2009 will bring us.....
Folks that die that we expected to die.
Folks that die that we did not expect to die.
Real surprise deaths.
Folks that didn't die and we expected them to die.
Folks that didn't die and we "wanted" them to die.
Note that there are tons of internet sites that offer recommendations for these excursions into Grim Reaper territory. Start doing your homework. Check those sites. Tune into pop programs that discuss the "serious" nature of so-and-so's cancer. Wipe off that crystal ball.
Generally speaking, our Cyburbian participants have not done well. Most of us have just a single correct pick or two, as a year closes. A few contenders always seem to be the leaders. As a group, let's see if we can improve our score!
This Bear will moderate, because nobody else seems to want this grave job. Not a problem if I do it again.....not a problem if somebody else jumps in and volunteers to moderate. Remember, as a moderator your responsibility is to provide scoring updates, periodically. The Death Pool Moderator will also provide a final call on any questionable death or situation. (Hardly ever happens!)
You are allowed 10 picks. You are also allowed to indicate in your posting that you have alternate picks if one of the choices on your 2009 list actually croaks in the last 30-some days of 2008. Strongly encourage folks to make their list but do not submit it until near the final bell. Makes it easier on the moderator.
This thread will close near-midnight on December 31, 2008. Early in 2009, another thread will creak open (like the casket in a scary movie). That will be the UPDATE thread. It will be the "catch-all" for 2009 deaths, comments about those deaths, and the periodic (usually every quarter) standings update.
Now get your shovels and start digging !!!
".....a tisket, a tasket......who's gonna be in the casket?....."