Mike Calta Show · Death Pool Rules for 2021
- Selection begins on the first day back from Winter break. Final day of the draft is January 29th, 2021. The Death Pool concludes on the last day of broadcast before Winter break.
- All selections are to be sent via email to email@example.com for official submission. Timestamps from gmail.com will be used for any disputes.
- Selection order will begin in reverse order of the standings from the previous year.
- Round selection order will reverse with every completed round.
- Once a round of picks begins it must be concluded, every player must have an equal amount of picks.
- Picks cannot be made after best known time of death, whether it comes from an official death certificate, coroner report, or any other outside source.
22 Picks are to be selected by each player:
- 20 Celebrity Picks
1 Local Pick
- Pick must live in the state of Florida.
1 102.5 The Bone Pick
- Pick must be an active on-air personality of one of the Bone's shows that airs Monday through Friday. Guest spots do not count.
- In order to receive points the pick must be fired, quit, or otherwise moved on from The Bone.
- Players are unable to fire/transfer their own picks in order to receive points.
- The pick must remain off The Bone for the remainder of the Death Pool game for the points to count, if the pick rejoins The Bone the points will be voided.
- The entry fee is $200 per player, it must be submitted via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner of the Death Pool will receive 100% of the prize pool.
- All fee's must be paid to the previous year's winner before current year points can be accrued. Should a player not pay and a pick of their dies they will not receive points for that pick. Points will not be given even after late payment is received.
- No repicks will be given for any non-point deaths that happen before payment is received, this counts for all picks regardless of origin.
- Participants receive two emergency picks, in order to use an emergency pick two existing picks must be removed.
- Emergency picks cannot be used until AFTER the draft is finished, you want them? Draft them!
To use an emergency pick the player must submit it via email to email@example.com, this email must include:
- The emergency pick
- TWO picks that are to be removed to allow for the emergency pick. Bone, Local, or other Emergency picks may not be removed for use of an emergency pick.
- Emails not including ALL of the information above will be discarded.
- If both original emergency picks die a bonus emergency pick may be selected for free and without a pick-removal penalty.
- Players may not use one of their removed picks as an emergency pick. Players may use removed picks from other players as emergency picks.
Additional emergency picks can be purchased for $20 each. This money goes into the prize pool and must be submitted via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Players may not purchase emergency picks until after their two original emergency picks have been selected.
- When a purchased emergency pick is made the money must be submitted within 24 hours of the pick being made for the pick to count.
- If more than one player attempt to pick the same person the player who's money reaches the Commissioner's Paypal account first will receive the pick.
- If an emergency pick becomes invalidated (e.g. picked after time of death) any removed picks will be reinstated to the player.
Scoring begins as soon as the first pick of the year is selected.
Changes in circumstances of death must be documented within the allotted time frame of the game. No point changes will be made after the last day of the game.
Any changes to the circumstances of a death can change points awarded or cause them to be removed completely.
Scoring is determined by The Commissioner of Death. Any scoring disputes must be argued to the Commissioner, players may appeal the Commissioner's decisions to Dominic Fariello.
- Calculated as follows: 100 minus the picks age at the time of death (i.e. a pick that died at age 54 would receive 46 points).
Original Draft Pick: 25 Points
This bonus does not apply for Local or Bone picks
- Former Show Guest: 25 Points
- First to Go: 35 Points
- Death in a Vehicle: 50 Points
- Two in One Week (7 Days): 50 Points
- Suicide: 50 Points
- Overdose: 75 Points
- Died in the Listening Area: 50 Points
- Killed by a Relative: 100 Points
- Murdered: 75 Points
- Murdered by Another Death Pool Pick: 75 Points (each)
- Death by Animal: 150 Points
- Act of God: 200 Points
- Leap Year (dies on Feb. 29th): 290 Points
- Over Century Mark (dies over age 100): (Age of Death - 100) x 2
- Academy Award Winner: 25 Points. Only applies once, regardless if the pick has won multiple Academy Awards.
- Number of the Beast: If 6 of a players original picks die they will be awarded 66 bonus points on the 6th death. This will only be applied once.
Hall of Famer: If the pick is a member of any of the following Hall's of Fame they will be awarded 35 bonus points:
NFL, College Football, MLB, NHL, NBA, PGA, Boxing, UFC, Nascar, WWE, ...and any other Hall of Fame the majority of players agree upon.
This bonus only applies once, regardless if they are in multiple Hall's of Fame.
Points will not be awarded if the pick is added to any Hall of Fame posthumously.
- Original Draft Pick: 25 Points
Emergency / Local / Bone Picks
- Emergency Pick: (Base + Bonus Points)
- Local Pick: (Base + Bonus Points) x 3
Bone Pick: (Bonus Points + 15) + 1 point for every month of the pick's tenure at The Bone.
The Former Show Guest bonus does not apply for Bone picks.
Calling Your Shot
Players may designate 1 of their non-emergency primary picks (no local or bone picks either) to die within 30 days. Players may do this twice in a season. You can only designate a single pick at a time. Total points for the death are tripled for a successful call. You may use the same pick with both designations, however the player must wait 30 days before designating the same pick.
A 10 point penalty will be applied for Called Shots that do not die within the 30 day period.
Potential Rule Changes for 2022
The following are new rule ideas or changes to existing rules. They will be voted on by the players before the start of the next season.
Century Mark Bonus (dies at exactly age 100): 10 points
Reasoning: Now that there aren't any bonus points for Emergency Picks it's possible that a player could emergency pick a celebrity that then dies at age 100 - currently that player would receive 0 points for that pick - that's dumb. This change would guarantee at least 10 points for the pick.
Are animals celebrities and should we allow them to be picked?
January 4th, 2021
- Under Selection Rules, the definition of a Bone Pick has been updated to the following: Pick must be an active on-air personality of one of the Bone's shows that airs Monday through Friday. Guest spots do not count.
- Under Selection Rules, the definition of a Local Pick has been updated to the following: Pick must live in the state of Florida.
- Under Point System, the 25 point Former Show Guest bonus does not apply to Bone picks.
- Under Point System, new Number of the Beast bonus.
- Under Point System, new Hall of Famer bonus.
- Under Point System, new Academy Award Winner bonus.
January 16th, 2020
- Under Point System, the 25 point bonus for Original Draft Picks does not apply to Local or Bone picks.
January 7th, 2020
- Under Point System, the 25 point bonus for Emergency Picks has been removed, that bonus now applies to picks that were originally drafted.
- Under Emergency Picks, players now have only 24 hours to submit the money for paid emergency picks (previously they had 48 hours).
- Under Point System, the Drug Paraphernalia at Scene bonus has been removed.
- Under Point System, the following bonuses have been adjusted:
- Death in a Vehicle: 50 points (previously 35 points).
- Overdose: 75 points (previously 50 points).
- Killed by a Relative: 100 points (previously 50 points).
- Death by an Animal: 150 points (previously 100 points).
- Under Point System, the Leap Year bonus is still active but no multipliers will be applied (i.e. Local Pick x3 multiplier etc).
- Under Point System, new Over Century Mark bonus. If a pick dies over the age of 100 a 2x multiplier will be applied to every year over 100, for example:
- Pick dies at 101: 2 points will be awarded.
- Pick dies at 102: 4 points will be awarded.
- Pick dies at 103: 6 points will be awarded.
- Pick dies at 104: 8 points will be awarded.
- Under Point System, the Calling Your Shot rule has been added.
April 16th, 2019
- Under Point System, "Changes in cause of death must be documented within the allotted time frame of the game." has been changed to "Changes in circumstances of death must be documented within the allotted time frame of the game."
- Under Point System, the following rule has been added: "Any changes to the circumstances of a death can change points awarded or cause them to be removed completely."
- Under Selection Rules, the following rule has been added: "Picks cannot be made after best known time of death, whether it comes from an official death certificate, coroner report, or any other outside source."
- Under Emergency Picks, the following rule has been added: "If an emergency pick becomes invalidated (e.g. picked after time of death) any removed picks will be reinstated to the player."