This Is Probably Why We Don't Pay That Much Attention To Cricket

In a story that, shockingly, was the lede story on CNN.com last night, Bob Woolmer, the head coach of the Pakistani cricket team, appears to have been strangled in his hotel room after his team's shocking loss to Ireland in the Cricket World Cup.

A post-mortem examination established that the former England player had died as a result of "manual strangulation", police commissioner Lucius Thomas said. "In these circumstances, the matter of Mr Woolmer's death is now being treated as murder," he told a news conference. Police say Mr Woolmer may have known his killer or killers. Police said there were no signs of forced entry into his room and none of his possessions had been taken. Authorities are studying CCTV footage from the hotel.

Police don't know yet if the motive was Pakistan's loss — a cricket fan explained the significance of loss to us as, "Imagine Kansas losing to Prairie View A&M in the first round of the tournament by 40 points" — or potential gambling-related issues, but no matter what, it's enough reason for us to look at cricket, put our hands in the air, palms out, and slowly walk backwards away.

Pakistan Coach Woolmer Was Killed [BBC]