With December looming on the horizon, I figured now is as good a time as any to introduce the 2012 Dead Pool. Here's how it works: Pick 10 (ten) celebrities from any venue (politics, sports, business, media, entertainment or whatever Paris Hilton does) who you believe will not be around to see the ball drop in Times Square ushering in 2013. They must be alive as of January 1, 2012, but enriching the soil someplace as of midnight Eastern December 31, 2012. Ten dead people. That's all we need to win. When you think of it in those terms, it's cheaper than war. The winning entry must be submitted no later than December 30, 2011 at midnight Eastern time. Post as many times as you like, but CLEARLY MARK the entry you want taken seriously. One and only one serious entry will be accepted, but I know how much you folks love to speculate. Just look at last year's entries! So, put on the cloak, pick up the scythe and figure out who will be breathing as of New Year's Eve 2012-2013 and who's gonna be room temperature. In a later post, I'll lay out the rules clearly and reveal what next year's prize will be! Have fun!