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James Best, AKA Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, died at the spry age of 88.

On “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Rosco had served Hazzard County for 30 years as “a fairly honest lawman” but became embittered after watching his pension get wiped out following a failed bond referendum, and with just a few months left in office (something that was soon overlooked as the show settled into its lengthy seven-season run) decided to grab whatever money he could, by whatever means.

I never knew that they put that much thought into Rosco.  Their plots didn’t have so much thought.

Wow, he even made it onto an episode of... I'm assuming, Scooby-Doo.

Wow, he even made it onto an episode of… I’m assuming, Scooby-Doo.

Rosco frequently initiates car chases with Bo and Luke Duke, but the Duke boys are often able to elude Rosco, who usually winds up wrecking his patrol car in various ways. Why Rosco does not simply arrest the boys at their farm afterward for resisting arrest is never addressed.  I’m just gonna say because he was a country-music-listening hayseed.

Rosco was married briefly in an episode, “Mrs. Rosco P. Coltrane”, during the third season (1980–1981), to a woman he purportedly met through a computer dating service, but the marriage was a sham—his “bride” robbed banks with her husband and his associate.  Now that’s the kinda brainless crap I’m thinking about.

Best appeared in all but five episodes of “The Dukes of Hazzard.”  In seven seasons.  There’s something sad about that.

This hit goes to: Nora the Explorer!  Yes, she explored the dukes for this one!  This is her first hit this year, which means that even I’m beating her… pathetic.

Nancy Reagan, somehow, continues to live.

Happy pooling,


Current Standings:

Occupy the Casket: 150 – (Sir Terry Pratchett – 66, Lauren Hill – 90)

Tailgating with Jesus: 120 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20, Jerry Tarkanian – 20, Minnie Minoso -10, Al Rosen – 10, Chuck Bednarik – 20)

Jami: 120 – (Diem Brown – 70, Sam Simon – 50)

Anne: 70 – (Lesley Gore – 40, Joe Cocker – 30)

Gianna: 70 – (Ahmad “Real” Givens – 70)

Nikki: 60 – (Stuart Scott – 60)

Babysitter: 50 – (Leonard Nimoy – 20, Gary Gahl – 30)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 40 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10, Cardinal Karl Josef Becker – 20)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 30 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20)

Anne: 30 – ()

Team Sushi: 30 – (Marion Barry – 30)

Nora the Explorer: 20 – (James Best – 20)

Mostly Mike: 20 – (Ralph H Baer – 10, Edward W. Brooke III – 10)

The Girl on Fire: 20 – (Mario Cuomo – 20)

The Mortician’s Daughter:  10 – (“Little” Jimmy Dickens – 10)


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