So it’s been 4 months since our last points were awarded, and the best we can do is a 95 year old? Satan had higher expectations for you.
BUT, on the other hand, points are points! And each of these teams just picked up 5 points for the sad, sad passing of Nelson Mandela.
- Killer Chill – Dan
- The Stiffs – Ken/Candy
- I see Dead People – Mark
- Irish Deadbeats – Joe/Mary
- Just Add Maggots – Harrison/Ben
- Dead Man Guessing – Joan/Jerome
While no one expected him to live forever, the death of Mandela is a sad day for South Africa and the world. NPR described it best – “Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world.”
For those of us who grew up watching the story of his nation, remember the moment when Mandela took the field at the world cup rugby finals in 1995… This is how the AP described it today… “When he came on the field in South African colors to congratulate the victorious South African team, he brought the overwhelmingly white crowd of 63,000 to its feet, chanting ‘Nelson! Nelson! Nelson!’” Hopefully, his death is a reminder to the possibility of racial equality and freedom through hope, reconciliation and forgiveness, instead of violence.
Today’s sad, sad passing of Art Donovan at 89 gives lots of bonus points to one team. Team SuccumbOnOver, led by Jack, picks up a whopping 26 points. That 11 for Art’s age, 5 for being the ony one who had him and don’t forget 10 bonus points for all August deaths.
Donovan was known as one of the best defensive players in the NFL. He was 275 lbs (called himself Fatso) and was strong and powerful defensive tackle who was integral to the Colts’ back-to-back titles in 1958 and 1959. Donovan’s No. 70 jersey has been retired by the Colts.
Donovan was possibly as know for his hilarious persona off the field as for his toughness on the field.
Today’s sad, sad passing of Deacon Jones puts one more team on the board. Team SuccumbOnOver, led by Jack, gets 31 points. 26 for Deacon’s 74 years and another 5 for having the single shot.
Deacon coined the term ‘sacked’ for how he took down quarterbacks and is known as one of the best football players of all time. And he was once on the Brady Bunch.
Congrats to Jack!
Insincerely, Commissioners Satan and Missy
The sad, sad passing of Richie Havens gives moves Team Killer Chill, led by Dan solidly into 5th place. Dan picked up 28 points for Richie’s 72 years and an extra 5 for getting the solo shot.
Richie Havens was a folk musician who opened the 1969 Woodstock festival. He said that his breakthrough at Woodstock came after another artist’s equipment got stuck in traffic. He was supposed to be the fifth act. He played for 2 hours and 45 minutes. He went on to play for more than 30 years and recorded 30 albums.
He sang so much about peace that we can only hope he now rests in it!
Score page is updated, congrats to Killer Chill – not. — Commissioners Satan and Missy