It's time to sign up for the 2009 RedReporter Bereavement Pool, subtitled "Graveheart." For those who participated last year, welcome back. For newcomers, welcome.
We had a terrific turnout for Bereavement Pool 2008, which was owned by Brian B's wife. As many of us were first-timers, I think we learned some things. For me, I think younger people and unique selections, i.e. creativity, really pay off.
Check out the rules for this season. (Open the file in WordPad for some formatting). Notice a couple clarifications. There's a new Steve Fossett rule, which we had discussion about at the beginning of last season. Missing people are now disallowed, because it's too hard or impossible to tell when they actually die. This goes for Osama bin Laden (sorry, I just don't want to deal with him) and kidnapping expert Felix Batista. Don't select them. If you do, I will ask you to pick someone else.
This year we're doing entries a little differently. If you want to play, submit your 20 selections to me before the entry deadline (Jan. 31) and I will reply with my mailing address, to which you can send your entry fee. My e-mail address, which is in the rules, is firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't really want to do paypal, but if you have no other choice, I can probably make accommodations.
There could be some confusion about a couple of the rules, especially the proxy rule. For a clarification, check last year's entry post and some of the others by searching for keyword "bereavement." If you're still wondering, ask your questions in this thread. Anyone who was on a list last year is eligible, so that might help.
As before, I reserve final judgment as commissioner, although I don't anticipate having to make too many decisions.
These are the folks who have expressed interest. If you're no longer interested, let me know.
joshuaR (plus maybe a wife)
brian b’s wife
crolfer, I like you, but I'm gonna have to say 18 years and older. Sorry.