Here we are on Day
Five Six of the most sedate World Cup in recent memory, and the official death count stands at one three nine fifteen twelve fifteen (see update below). Many people who are already in our World Cup Death Watch pool will be disappointed to learn that the one fatality so far was neither hooligan nor yob, but a 24 year old Chinese man named Wang, who died in Hunan Province after a night of excessive World Cup related drinking. But according to the rules, the news account of Wang's death mentions the World Cup, so it counts.
If you haven't made a guess yet, you have until June 19th to go on the record and be in the running for the World Cup Death Watch Fun Pack. Details and rules here. More hooligan-related news and links:
Here's some nsfw soccer mayhem music and spoken word from Primal Scream, Adrian Sherwood and Irvine Welsh: The Big Man and The Scream Team Meet The Barmy Army Uptown - Full Strength Fortified Dub (MP3) and Irvine Welsh's spoken track, A Jake Supreme (MP3). Thanks Chad!
Paul Dodd may be the proto-hooligan, but Paul Lupton was the first hooligan arrested, so there!
Finally, a mainstream media source weighs in on the etymology of the word "hooligan."
Watch the World Cup.. and Die. (thanks Chad)
Thanks to Doc Phrankenshop for a spiffy new World Cup Death Watch Logo. It's all about the children.
UPDATE: Two more dead, in Trinidad and Tobago (of heart failure), bringing the body count so far to three.
UPDATE 2: Six deaths reported in Haiti, where two armed gangs battled over an electrical generator needed to watch the World Cup. Body count now stands at nine.
UPDATE 3: There's been a report of a World Cup resurrection, but this doesn't reverse the count! We're counting deaths here, not births, not reversed comas, and sure as hell not half baked tales of resurrection.Six more deaths bring the official count to fifteen, as of Tuesday at 2pm. A Scottish man died after being stabbed in a World Cup-related argument. In Somalia, Islamic fundamentalist gunmen shot two World Cup fans who were viewing the games in a theater despite a religious order banning the practice and in Nairobi, Kenya, three men nearly died when the TV antenna they were erecting hit a power line: link. Thanks Chris!
UPDATE 4: As pointed out in the comments section, the three Kenyans didn't actually die, so the count gets reduced down to twelve. I'll update the graphic on Wednesday.
UPDATE 5: The Soccer Gods giveth and the Soccer Gods taketh away: After being briefly down to twelve, the death count is back to fifteen: A Thai gunman shot and killed two of his countrymen when they make a racket at Italy's first goal in the Italy - Ghana game. In Ecuador, a soccer fan was terrified by his own power and committed suicide after he correctly predicted that Ecuador would lose to Poland. Thanks Tommy, Alex, Giamaica & MG for the news on the Thai shootings.