Thursday, August 23, 2007

Be careful what you wear...

The 2007 college football season finally begins one week from tonight.

With college football season comes the renewal of great, time-honored rivalries: Auburn versus Alabama. Kansas versus Missouri. USC versus Notre Dame. Harvard versus Yale. Army versus Navy. Emotions run high for these times of games, and some fans, unfortunately, take their disdain towards the rival school a little too far.

Even when it's not football season:
An Oklahoma City man has been charged with aggravated assault and battery, accused of causing extensive damage to another man's scrotum just because he wore a University of Texas shirt into a local bar.

Allen Michael Becket
, 53, has not been arrested on the felony charge, which was filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. It carries up to five years in prison if he is convicted.

Beckett is accused of having launched a verbal attack on Brian Thomas when the other man walked into Henry Hudson's Pub at 3509 NW 58 on June 17, according to court documents.

Um, ouch? This part of the story was enough to make me want to curl up into a fetal position on the floor:

Thomas hit the other man several times before several bar patrons intervened, but Thomas said Beckett didn't let go until Thomas heard his scrotum tear and blood ran down his leg.

That's not a sound I ever want to hear in my lifetime.
Thomas, who grew up a Texas fan, said it took more than 60 stitches to close his wound.
Again: ouch.

Of course, anybody who wears a Longhorn shirt into a bar in Oklahoma is probably going to get some grief, much the same way anybody who wears a Yankees shirt to a bar in Boston or an Ohio State shirt to a bar in Ann Arbor is probably going to get some grief. But your family jewels?


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