Thursday, June 5, 2014

How does one become respected enough as a "witch doctor" to make ESPN headlines?

Does anything about this screen shot of's front page seem surprising to you?

The photo of LeBron?  Definitely not (in fact anyone else pictured instead might be considered shocking).  The report of Major League Baseball mourning the death of Don Zimmer?  No.  Oh wait, how about the story on a Ghanaian witch doctor taking credit for using his magic to injure one of the best soccer players in the world?  Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding, we have a winner!

Here's the opening paragraph of the article:
"As if there wasn't enough hand-wringing and medical analysis over Cristiano Ronaldo's tired legs, Ghana's most influential witch doctor has joined the fray, claiming that he is responsible for the knee injury that threatens the Portugal talisman's participation at the World Cup, according to a report."
Portugal, Ghana, the U.S. and Germany will all play in the same group in the World Cup, which begins one week from today.  That explains ESPN's interest in Ronaldo, and why a witch doctor in Ghana would want him injured.  However, the notion that the "spells" of this witch doctor are headline news is a bit perplexing.

I guess I have to give the guy credit for being tops in his field, and somehow becoming credible enough to merit ESPN's interest.

If anybody in Bristol is reading, I reverse-jinxed the Red Sox and turned their 10-game losing streak into a 7-game winning streak, then did it again by writing about said reverse-jinx and sending them on another 3-game skid.  Maybe that should be worthy of a top story?

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