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Police: Family Killed Dad for Changing TV to World Cup

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (June 18) -- The wife and son of a South African man allegedly beaten to death because he wanted to change the TV channel to a World Cup match have been jailed until a court hearing after the tournament ends next month.

Police say David Makoeya, 61, fought with his wife and two children last Sunday over what to watch on television at their home in Limpopo province, in South Africa's far northeast. Makoeya wanted to watch the Germany versus Australia soccer game that night, but his family wanted to see a gospel program.

"He said, 'No, I want to watch soccer,' and that's when the argument started," police spokesman Mothemane Malefo told reporters from several news agencies. After fighting over the remote control, the father got up to change the TV channel by hand, and his family "started assaulting him."

"It appears they banged his head against the wall," Malefo said. "They phoned the police only after he was badly injured, but by the time the police arrived, the man was already dead."

Makoeya's 68-year-old wife, Francina; his 36-year-old son, Collin; and 23-year-old daughter, Lebogang, were all arrested on Sunday night and appeared on court on Tuesday. It's unclear whether they've yet been charged.

After the hearing, the daughter was released on the equivalent of about $200 bail, but her mother and brother remain behind bars. They face another court hearing on July 27.

The cheapest World Cup tickets were offered to South Africans for about $20, which is still more than many locals can afford. Many South Africans have been watching matches at home instead or in huge open-air screening facilities set up by FIFA, world soccer's governing body.
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Ravens reach agreement with Ray Lewis, Matt Birk
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP)—The Baltimore Ravens brought back a famous Pro Bowl player and added another one, too.

Linebacker Ray Lewis will finish his career with the Ravens after reaching agreement on a multiyear deal with Baltimore, which also agreeed with center Matt Birk on Wednesday.

“From beginning to end as a Raven. … Wow!” To be with the same team with the same fans for an entire career, that doesn’t happen in the NFL,” Lewis said. “I don’t think an athlete can have a greater legacy than to be able to stay in one place for an entire career.”

By keeping Lewis, the Ravens fill the void created at inside linebacker when Bart Scott signed with the New York Jets.

“We got better today. Our football team got better. I am very happy,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “This will allow Ray to finish his career as a Raven.”

Birk replaces last year’s starting center, Jason Brown, who signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the St. Louis Rams.

“To add a player like Matt, who will also give us outstanding leadership, makes us a better team,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We’re not standing pat. We’re moving forward and getting better.”

Lewis earned his 10th Pro Bowl this season after leading the NFL’s second-ranked defense with 160 tackles. He also had 3 1/2 sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
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Amid rampant speculation that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will sign a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys at some point after free agency opens in little more than five days, Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware says that Lewis has made clear his desire to play in Dallas.

In an interview with the team’s official web site, Ware was remarkably candid about the situation.

“[W]hen we played Ray Lewis and Baltimore at the end of the season,” Ware said, “he came over and pointed to my helmet. He said, ‘I want to wear this star on my helmet, that’s my dream . . . that’s my dream.’ When we got to the Pro Bowl, he did it again. He came at me every day. It’s a great opportunity for him. His door is open. He’s an unrestricted free agent. He’s trying to get down where the star is. He told me he needed me to get him Jerry Jones’ phone number for him. I just busted out laughing.”

And Ware doesn’t think Lewis is merely trying to leverage Baltimore into giving him more money. “I think he is genuine,” Ware said. “Believe me, he is genuine. He talked to me before he became a free agent. He talked to me two years ago about it. He calls me about once a week and talks about it then. I even said, ‘Hey, Ray, I’m tired about talking about this. You need to find Jerry Jones’ number and fly out there and talk to him. . . . He says things like ‘D-Ware, I need to get down there. You’re the pass-rush guy and I need to play with you. Just call Jerry for me. Just call him. Just call him.’”

We first suspected that the Cowboys might make a play for Lewis when the team signed his brother, running back Keon Lattimore, to a free-agent contract after the 2008 draft. Though Lattimore didn’t stick with the Cowboys, we’ll find out soon enough whether it was a precursor to making a play for Keon’s big brother.

Ray Lewis will never leave the Ravens, because the Ravens won't let him go. They'll throw so much money at him his head will spin.
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Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson. I own his biography; it's really good.

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In all honesty, I can't be upset by the Ravens' loss tonight. We went 5-11 last season. This season we had a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback, and no one thought we would get this far. We completely flipped the record and ended the season at 11-5. We won two playoff games, and no one thought we could. I'm proud of my team, and excited about next season.

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I'll be watching the game at Brandon's house, if anyone wants to come. Go Ravens!

go ravens

Feb. 4th, 2007 10:47 pm
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Football as Erotic Ritual
Are the guys on the gridiron really gay?
A quarterback receives the ball from between the center's legs. After a successful play, teammates sometimes hug or slap each other on the bottom. The possible homosexual implications of these and other football rituals have long been noted by professional and amateur behavioralists alike. But none have studied the subject more closely than Alan Dundes, an anthropologist at the University of California in Berkeley. In his view, fanny patting and centering the ball are only the tip of the gay iceberg. Writing in Western Folklore, Dundes says that the "unequivocal sexual symbolism of the game" makes it clear that football is a homosexual ceremony.

Dundes calls the consistency of the imagery "nothing short of amazing." He notes that uniforms are sexual—enlarged head and shoulders, narrow waist and skintight pants accented by a molded codpiece. The jargon too is erotic: "score," "down," "piling on" (gang rape), "popping" an opponent (overtones of defloration) and "sacking" the quarterback (plunder and rape). Players try to knock opponents down, putting them in the "supine, feminine position." Indeed, says Dundes, "football is a ritualized form of homosexual rape. The winners feminize the losers by getting into their end zone."

To Dundes, the three-point stance of football players is a form of sexual presentation derived from the animal world. Just as apes raise their bottoms and present their genitals as a sign of submission to stronger males, linemen present their bottoms to their more prestigious teammates in the backfield. "Spiking" the ball after a touchdown, says the anthropologist, "confirms to all assembled that the enemy's end zone has been penetrated."

Is football some kind of mass men's room solicitation of the national psyche? Not at all, says Dundes. It is merely a sanctioned form of theater where players and fans can safely discharge their homoerotic impulses. Coaches who ask players to refrain from sex before a game intuitively understand that football is a temporary substitute for heterosexuality, just as "football widows" understand that their husbands are "dead to them sexually" while football is on TV. "Football is a healthy outlet for male-to-male affections," says Dundes, "just as spin the bottle and post office are healthy outlets for adolescent heterosexual needs."

Dundes' theory has received scattered support. Says San Francisco Psychologist Jane Jacobs: "I think Dundes' ideas are very profound. My hunch is that it's right on." Former Running Back Dave Kopay, author of The David Kopay Story and now a gay militant, agrees that if homosexuality is not overt on the football field, "it sure as hell is covert."

But reaction in the Berkeley area has generally been chilly. Says Dave Casper of the Oakland Raiders (should it be Pillagers? Rapists?): "People outside of sports are always making things up on little evidence." Adds University of California Football Coach Roger Theder: "It's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard." Some campus athletes agree. Says Freshman Football Player Ron Goldy: "I was so angry, I just wanted to get my hands on the guy—I mean on his neck."
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so, the game. i had a blast. i got way too drunk though. irish car bombs are the devil. i will never go shot for shot with jason ever again. i was drunk like i haven't been since high school; i mean, i got home, vomited my guts out, and threw myself fully clothed halfway into the shower. and laid there for 20 minutes. i don't remember it, but greg gave me a recap the next day. so fucking stupid.
the next morning was so bad, i have never been so hungover in my entire life.

here's some random pictures i took towards the end of the night. yes, i was already shitfaced. so, sorry.

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greg went to ut. his roommate jason quote: "bleeds buckeyes". i'm an inoffensive little aggie. tonight we'll all be at buffalo wild wings watching the game. i will be getting wasted, since i don't care for football.

the enemy of my enemy is my friend. go ohio state!!
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well, shit. france beat portugal.
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both my teams were knocked out. ghana lost to brazil awhile back, and germany lost to italy earlier yesterday. now i guess i'm going for portugal. not because i hate france or anything, but because i have the strongest feeling that they're feeling a little too cocky after beating brazil. i think they won't take portugal seriously enough, and end up losing.


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