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I'm hangin' out with my boy and former UCLA center Mike Fey yesterday when he asks if he can use my computer to check his email. I hand him the laptop and he gets to work.

I sit on the couch, unable to see what he's looking at. Mike then starts yelling, "Yeah, Mata! Get 'em son!"

I have no idea what he's talking about, but I do know that former UCLA forward Lorenzo Mata is currently playing for Team Mexico, so it is assumed that Mike is watching some highlights. He continues hyping Mata until his voice changes.

"No way! No way! No way!"

Now I have to get up and check it out. Fey starts the video over, still shocked, and I begin to watch. It's Mexico vs. Uruguay in some sort of international game. Mata throws down a sweet dunk and I get a little hyped too because Mata is Mad Boom Tho.

Then, all of a sudden, I see someone else I know. It's Romel Beck and he's just been fouled. I lean in closer to the computer screen as I watch him get a little aggressive with the guy who just fouled him. The next thing I know— BOOM! A brawl is started with Romel in the center of it! I was just on the same team as Romel a few months ago and now I'm watching in disbelief as he fights for his life in Uruguay.

Honestly, it's one of the biggest basketball melees I've seen and it involved two of my good, Boom Tho shirt wearing buddies. You have to watch this for yourself. Whether you know Mata or Beck from their college days, or you just want to see a man hurl a chair at another man in a powder blue jersey, this is for you.

I fully intend on Facebooking Beck to find out why he was so angry. Until then, all we have is this video.

Rod Benson is a Cal grad who last played for the D-League's Reno Bighorns. When he's not busy on Facebook, he blogs one or two times a week on Ball Don't Lie. Read his archive, pay a visit to and always support the Boom Tho movement.

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