OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Rock, Paper, Schisms Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

The Rock, Paper, Schisms Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Pope Francis talks with Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican

REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia/pool 12/21


First:Pinky – “Really? I figured that someone would have to die for me to get a promotion, too!”

Second:Paul Hooson – “What we have here is a failure to excommunicate…”

Third(tie):OzarkHillbilly – Yes, I am the Pope. Yes, I do have Papal Infallibility. No, not even I can talk sense to these Republicans.

Third(tie):al-Ameda – “If you can get me a 57 Chevy – in mint condition – I think something can be arranged …”


RockThisTown – “Remember, I get 10% from the America-Cuba deal.”

Michael Hamm – Listen Pharaoh Castro, let my Cuban brethren go or God will send 10 plagues upon you.

Hal_10000So I says to Pacquiao, “Keep your hands in. Let him come to you. Then a couple of quick jabs and hooks.” If he’d listened to me, he would have won.

Guarneri – OK, listen. I can’t prove it, but do rocks, not paper or scissors. Obama always seems to go scissors in negotiations.

Franklin – You should really come back to Church. I’m telling you, it is swarming with available ladies. Did you see those nuns grabbing at me in the Caption Contest a couple months ago?

Paul Hooson – In Cuba the wages of sin are only about $20 a month…


“Let me ‘splain it to ya Lucy”

“OK, I’ll start… Row row row your boat…”

Row row row you boat
to Miami From Havana
warily warily warily
The American Dream, if you wanna

Pope: “…and then Jesus said, ‘Give up all your earthly possessions and follow me.'”
Raul: “That’s just crazy talk.”

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Rodney Dill
About Rodney Dill
Rodney is an IT Implementation Consultant in the Motor City and working within the Automotive Industry. He contributed to OTB from November 2004 until retiring in July 2017, hosting some 1200 OTB Caption Contests.


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Some really stiff competition this week, especially from Paul Hooson, Guarneri, and Rock this Town. Kinda surprised I placed this high. Thanx Rodney.

  2. DrDaveT says:

    Pinky’s was good, but “failure to excommunicate” has to be the winner. It works on so many levels…

  3. Pinky says:

    Yeah, I liked mine, but if Hooson had won I couldn’t complain.

  4. Franklin says:

    Agreed, both of the top two were top notch!

  5. Paul Hooson says:

    Thank you so much for everyone’s kind praise for my “excommunication” joke. I wrote this durable religious joke years ago and often tell the joke while doing an impression of that cruel prison warden from COOL HAND LUKE as a clergy member. With this picture and the Pope’s expression, this caption seemed like a perfect fit. – And, even more strangely, I had a second entry make the list as well. – Thank you so much my good friends and Rodney!

  6. Rodney Dill says:

    Pinky’s was unique in calling attention to an unexpected association between the two, though I can’t fault a preference for Paul’s, Cool Hand Luke nod. He’s used it before which probably made me value it a little lower. After a plethora of $50 dollar of damage captions done to third world locations by earthquakes and other natural disasters I couldn’t let Paul’s Wages of Sin caption go unrecognized.

    In reality 90% of all the captions are funny on some level so I’m just taking a stab at some sort of ranking.

  7. Pinky says:

    I like “Rock, Paper, Schisms”.

  8. DrDaveT says:

    @Rodney Dill:

    He’s used it before which probably made me value it a little lower.

    Gotcha. I hadn’t known that.

    Paul, you’re a victim of premature expostulation.