A pack of 30 feverish soccer fans huddled under a widescreen plasma TV, hooting and hollering loud enough to wake anyone from a dead sleep. Which they did, most likely: much of Hollywood was still hitting the snooze button.
For the next month, Hollywood’s Pig ‘n’ Whistle will open its doors at 8:30 a.m. for all post-6 a.m. World Cup matches. The event is co-sponsored by Adidas, Red Bull and Budweiser. However, at last Friday’s game (Germany vs. Costa Rica), coffee was the breakfast drink of choice, although it washed down plates of hot wings and chicken fingers.
The event’s host is Hollywood United Football Club, a three-team amateur soccer club comprised mostly of industry Brits. “We have a World Cup winner (Frank LeBoeuf), an Emmy/Tony winner (Anthony LaPaglia) and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones),” says team manager Ian Carrington. Ian Astbury of the Cult and actor Vinnie Jones also play for the club.
“When England plays, it’ll be crazy — even though it’ll be nine in the morning,” says “Without a Trace” actor Jamal Thompson, who plays defender for HUFC and was the first to arrive for Friday’s game. “I’ll have a beer then. Hey, I may now. It’s 5 p.m. somewhere.”
As a matter of fact, it’s quitting time in England.
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