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Former WCIA-TV News anchor, Dave Benton, died at the spry age of 52.

…in May.

Benton made a dramatic on-air announcement that he had brain cancer and that he had four to six months to live.

He left the following April because he had trouble reading.  That was not because of his cancer, he simply never learned how to read.  Turns out, he was just making shit up every night.

Benton was born again Christian, so you don’t have to feel too bad about him dying because he’s had two lives… man, I gotta figure out how to get born again when I die.  I wonder why he didn’t become born again, again?  I mean, if you can do it once, seems daft that you can’t do it again.  I mean, the guy had kids.

Benton went through Chemo, and we all see how well that worked.  “I’ve been fortunate not to have a lot of side effects so far,” he said. “I sleep a lot the week of treatment.  By that Thursday or Friday, I’m exhausted. I sleep all weekend long, and I

He could never tell if the cancer caused the voices in his head, or if it was his producer yammering on into his earpiece.

He could never tell if the cancer caused the voices in his head, or if it was his producer yammering on into his earpiece.

kind of bounce back.”  

His kids are still pissed that their dad slept instead of going to their little league games.  They often commented that he loved having radioactive material injected into his bloodstream more than he loved them.  To be honest, his kids are kinda dicks.  Maybe that’s why he didn’t do the “being born a third time” thing.

Team Sushi will have to be thanking me for years to come for finding this hit.  They drafted him before I could last year.  When I was doing some Ghoul Pool research for this year (which you all should be doing, draft day is only 47 days away!), I Googled the guy.  

A little hint here: If you’re drafting a guy who’s not a huge celebrity, but has announced that he’s gonna die… you might wanna set up a Google News Alert for that shit.

Team Sushi hits the 100-point mark!  Can they get another 90 points in a month and a half?

Nancy Reagan, somehow, continues to live.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

PS: Draft night is just 47 days away!

Current Standings:

The Girl on Fire: 180 – (Mario Cuomo – 20, Richard Dysart – 20, Anne Meara – 20, Denise McCluggage – 20, Bobbi Christina Brown – 80, Frank Gifford – 20)

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

Jami: 140 – (Diem Brown – 70, Sam Simon – 50, Dick Van Patten – 20)

Tailgating with Jesus: 130 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20, Jerry Tarkanian – 20, Minnie Minoso -10, Al Rosen – 10, Chuck Bednarik – 20, Louise Suggs – 10)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 120 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10, Cardinal Karl Josef Becker – 20, Roberto Tucci – 10, Giovanni Canestri – 10, Giacomo Biffi “the Vampire Slayer” – 20, William W. Baum – 20, László Paskai – 20)

Gianna: 110 – (Ahmad “Real” Givens – 70, Vincent Bugliosi – 10, Dean Jones – 20)

Team Sushi: 100 – (Marion Barry – 30, Omar Sharif – 20, Dave Benton – 50)

Nikki: 80 – (Stuart Scott – 60, BB King – 20)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 70 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20, Alex Rocco – 30, Milton Delugg – 10)

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

Nora the Explorer: 50 – (James Best – 20, Ben E. King – 30)

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

Mostly Mike: 40 – (Ralph H Baer – 10, Edward W. Brooke III – 10, Dickie Moore – 20)

Anne: 30 – (oops, I forgot who Anne had – 30)

Nathaniel: – 10 – (Christopher Lee – 10)

Erika: 10 – (Jayne Meadows – 10)

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

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