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2013 Dead Pool

It’s that time again.  2012 was a pretty epic year for celeb deaths. With any luck, 2013 will be just as exciting.

Here’s a reminder of the rules:

Each player submits a numeric list of 10 celebrities they think will kick it in 2012. The order listed determines the points available.


1. Celeb A (10 points)
2. Celeb B (9 points)
3. Celeb C (8 points)
4. Celeb D (7 points)
5. Celeb E (6 points)
6. Celeb F (5 points)
7. Celeb G (4 points)
8. Celeb H (3 points)
9. Celeb I (2 points)
10. Celeb J (1 point)

If a celebrity on your list shuffles off, you may then replace them in the same numeric spot on the list with another name not already on your list. EJSIC is NOT responsible for replacement picks that go unpicked. All participants are responsible for giving a replacement pick in the comments section below or by sending capnwacky a personal message on the EJSIC message board once their pick requires a replacement.

As with last year, there will be an added 10 point bonus awarded for any correct pick made of celebrity under the age of 40 who actually dies. The bonus points will be given in addition to the points from one’s list.

All submissions need to be posted by 11:59:59pm on January 2, 2013. All picks at that time are final. Picks prior to that deadline can be edited. Play continues until the end of December. Player with the most points at the end of 2013 wins*.

Get out there and pick some winners!

* – Nothing.

The Entries

capnwacky (9 points)
1. Nelson Mandela
2. Bonnie Franklin, Hugo Chavez
3. Nancy Reagan
4. Billy Graham
5. Bob Barker
6. George H.W. Bush
7. Christopher Lee
8. Luise Rainer
9. Mickey Rooney
10. Ke$ha

Prophet (3 points)
1. Hosni Mubarak
2. George Beverly Shea
3. Luise Rainer
4. Carla Laemmle
5. Alicia Rhett
6. Eli Wallach
7. Zsa Zsa Gabor
8. Bonnie Franklin,
9. Bel Kaufman
10. “Professor” Irwin Corey

Flop Floppenhauffer (1 point)
1. George H.W. Bush
2. Harper Lee
3. Kirk Douglas
4. Billy Graham
5. George Wendt
6. Zsa Zsa Gabor
7. Nelson Mandela
8. Jake Lamotta
9. Stephen Hawking
10. Patty Andrews, Eli Wallach

BlueDog (0 points)
1. Erich Priebke
2. Harper Lee
3. Eli Wallach
4. Billy Graham
5. Fidel Castro
6. Herman Wouk
7. Olivia de Havilland
8. Kirk Douglas
9. Hugo Chavez
10. Hosni Mubarak

angryauton (0 points)
1. Abe Vigoda
2. Billy Graham
3. Hugo Chavez
4. Kirk Douglas
5. Dean Smith
6. Jerry Lewis
7. Bashar Al Assad
8. Nick Nolte
9. Muhammad Ali
10. Jimmy Carter

ttt (0 points)
1. Hugo Chavez
2. Clive James
3. Jerry Lewis
4. Fidel Castro
5. Bert Reynolds
6. Zsa Zsa Gabor
7. Harper Lee
8. Ronnie Biggs
9. Harold Camping
10. Kirk Douglas

zachroyse (0 points)
1. Harper Lee
2. George H.W. Bush
3. Kirk Douglas
4. Billy Graham
5. Zsa Zsa Gabor
6. Aretha Franklin
7. Nelson Mandela
8. Muhammad Ali
9. Bobby Bowden
10. PSY

EstebanBugatti (0 points)
1. George H.W. Bush
2. Lil Wayne
3. Fidel Castro
4. Ja Rule
5. Muhammad Ali
6. Benzino
7. Billy Graham
8. Stephen Hawking
9. Lindsay Lohan
10. Charlie Sheen

godzillabj (0 points)
1. Jack Pardee
2. Hugo Chavez
3. Nelson Mandela
4. Zsa Zsa Gabor
5. Penny Marshall
6. Bashar Al-Assad
7. Fidel Castro
8. Fred Phelps
9. Eli Wallach
10. Lindsay Lohan

wxgurl (0 points)
1. Queen Elizabeth II
2. Kirk Douglas
3. Zsa Zsa Gabor
4. Nelson Mandela
5. Margaret Thatcher
6. Harper Lee
7. Abe Vigoda
8. Don Rickles
9. Cloris Leachman
10. Barbara Bush

Beano (0 points)
1. Bernie Madoff
2. Bob Dole
3. Don Pardo
4. Michael Douglas
5. Walter Mondale
6. Richard Attenborough
7. Don Rickles
8. Stephen Hawking
9. George Jones
10. Tracy Morgan

AZCats1993 (0 points)
1. Nelson Mandela
2. Zsa Zsa Gabor
3. Roger Moore
4. Vin Scully
5. William “Fridge” Perry
6. Don Pardo
7. Cloris Leachman
8. Margaret Thatcher
9. Mary Kate Olsen
10. Hugh Hefner

accownsu (0 points)
1. Dean Smith
2. Zsa Zsa Gabor
3. Dick Cheney
4. Bernie Madoff
5. Nelson Mandela
6. Artie Lange
7. Fidel Castro
8. Chuck Berry
9. George H.W. Bush
10. Jerry Lewis

forsythal (0 points)
1. Olivia de Haviland
2. Eli Wallach
3. Maureen O’Hara
4. Reverend Sun Myung Moon
5. Abe Vigoda
6. Jonathan Winters
7. Helmut Schmidt
8. Christopher Plummer
9. George Jones
10. Rick Ross

Penny (0 points)
1. Zsa Zsa Gabor
2. George Wendt
3. Fidel Castro
4. Kirk Douglas
5. Abe Vigoda
6. Lindsay Lohan
7. Aretha Franklin
8. Merle Haggard
9. Ronnie Biggs
10. Macauley Culkin

josekortez (0 points)
1. Zsa Zsa Gabor
2. Kirk Douglas
3. John Madden
4. Lou Holtz
5. George H.W. Bush
6. Barbara Bush
7. Angela Landsbury
8. Betty White
9. Bob Dole
10. Larry King

cbatower (0 points)
1. Roger Ebert
2. Fidel Castro
3. Zsa Zsa Gabor
4. Jake LaMotta
5. Nelson Mandella
6. Kirk Douglas
7. Aretha Franklin
8. Lindsay Lohan
9. Merle Haggard
10. Frankie Muniz

ltaccfan (0 points)
1. Nancy Reagan
2. Kirk Douglas
3. Jerry Lewis
4. George H. W. Bush
5. Muhammad Ali
6. Queen Elizabeth II
7. Charlie Sheen
8. Pope Benedict XVI
9. Fidel Castro
10. Dick Cheney

rockchalk010 (0 points)
1. Phil Pressey
2. Tony Criswell
3. Corey Haith
4. Keion Bell
5. Dominique Bull
6. Frank Haith
7. Laurence Bowers
8. Earnest Ross
9. Alex Oriakhi
10. Jabari Brown

angryapple (0 points)
1. Larry King
2. Hugh Hefner
3. George H.W. Bush
4. Madeline Albright
5. Sepp Blatter
6. Gary Bettman
7. Snoop Dogg
8. Paris Hilton
9. Lindsay Lohan
10. Mario Ballotelli

2012 EJSIC Fall Television Dead Pool

What’s the one thing that can bring me out of mothballs?  Bad Television.

Welcome to the 2012 Fall Television Dead Pool

As in years past, we here at EJSIC take our vast knowledge of pop culture – television in particular – and pit it against each other and our reader(s).  We single out the new network show that we think will get canceled first.  And whoever’s show gets the hook first, wins. Simple. Last year’s crop of freshman shows was stubborn, but, in the end, natural selection took over and most of them met their end.  Though, a few didn’t…for some reason.

Anyway, last year’s winning victim, The Playboy Club, eventually shuffled off and less than half of the remaining new shows followed.  Less than half? We can do better, folks.  This year, I am calling for a 100% success rate in new show fatalities.

Yes we can! Yes we can!

A reminder of the rules: simply choose, IN THE COMMENTS SECTION, which new fall network show you think is going to get canceled first. The person who selects the show that is axed first will receive a prize of undecided worth and/or existence. The author will wait until 5 picks have been made before choosing his pick.

Choose well, jerks. Choose well.

(click the shows to learn more about them)

4) 666 Park Avenue (ABC)
2) Animal Practice (NBC) Shiffus77
- Arrow (CW)
- Beauty and the Beast (CW)
- Ben and Kate (FOX) crazyqx
- Chicago Fire (NBC)
- Elementary (CBS) capnwacky
Emily Owens M.D. (CW) Yoda
- Go On (NBC) bucksfan92
- Guys With Kids (NBC) Chuck_Norrisaurus
4) Last Resort (ABC) buergermeister
1) Made in Jersey (CBS) rockchalk010*
- Malibu Country (ABC)
- Nashville (ABC)
3) Partners (CBS) Flop
- The Mindy Project (FOX) GodzillaBJ
- The Mob Doctor (FOX) shocker11
- The Neighbors (ABC) Azcats1993
- Revolution (NBC) brentton32
- Vegas (CBS)

DISCLAIMER: Only new shows on network stations are included. No cable shows, for obvious reasons. Also, reality shows are not included, because it is typically impossible to cancel a reality show mid-season. Once all shows are picked, selection will be closed. If a show goes unpicked, but is canceled, the game continues until a show that has been picked gets canceled. Also, only shows that have set premiere dates are included.  There are many more terrible shows slated for mid-season starts or replacement. If you want to risk it and choose one of those, be our guest.

* – Winner 10/10/12

If the Florida Miami Marlins Brass Ran Baseball: An EJSIC Hypothetical

Last night saw the ushering in of a new era of baseball in South Florida.  The newly re-minted Miami Marlins opened the 2012 season playing host to the St. Louis Cardinals in their brand-spanking-new, $515 millon ballpark.

And it’s a doozy.

I’ve made my thoughts known on this ballpark and its inhabitants here before, so I won’t drone on and on in this post about the eye-piercing color schemes, the overgrown bath toy in center field or any of the other “qualities” that set this park apart from all the others. I also will not dwell on the My Little Pony fetus of a new logo the team has donned.

I shall name him Fluttershy Jr.

Instead, I would rather focus on the, somewhat humorous, notion of what other, more understated, teams across Major League Baseball would look like if the owners and marketing folks at the Marlins got a hold of them.

So, we threw it around the conference room and here are some of the ideas we came up with: Continue reading