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People, May 13, 2007

Staff Report • May 13, 2007 at 12:12 PM

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. - Note to Sen. Sam Brownback: In Packerland, it's not cool to diss Brett Favre.

The GOP presidential hopeful drew boos and groans Friday at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention when he used a football analogy to talk about the need to focus on families.

"This is fundamental blocking and tackling," he said. "This is your line in football. If you don't have a line, how many passes can Peyton Manning complete? Greatest quarterback, maybe, in NFL history."

Oops, wrong team to mention in Wisconsin.

Realizing what he had said, the Kansas Republican slumped at the podium and put his head in his hands.

"That's really bad," he said. "That will go down in history. I apologize."

His apology brought a smattering of applause and laughter. He tried to recover, saying former Packer Bart Starr may be the greatest of all time, but the crowd was still restless.

"Let's take Favre then," Brownback said. "The Packers are great. I'm sorry. How many passes does he complete without a line?"

"All of them!" more than one person yelled.

LOS ANGELES - The Game was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats after police searched his home for more than three hours, authorities said.

The arrest Friday was related to an incident that occurred in February, said Officer Martha Garcia, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman. She declined to elaborate.

KABC-TV captured the 27-year-old rapper being driven off in the back of a patrol car as a bystander yelled, "We love you Game."

The Game stuck his tongue out at the camera and said, "I want to say that I'm not guilty, and I love California."

The rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, was booked at the police station, and bail was set at $50,000, according to the county sheriff's department.

It was not immediately known whether The Game had hired an attorney. He was arrested in November in New York City after authorities said he told a cab driver that he was an undercover police officer, persuading him to run a series of red lights.

LONDON - Ewan McGregor may earn millions making movies, but the actor has decided to perform Shakespeare on the London stage for minimum wage.

The 36-year-old star, known for Hollywood roles such as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars films, will earn $790 a week - standard minimum wage for actors in Britain - playing Shakespeare's arch villain Iago in "Othello," Donmar Warehouse spokes- woman Kate Morley said Saturday.

McGregor was recruited for the role by Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage, who worked with the actor on the musical "Guys and Dolls." The production marks Grandage's fifth anniversary as the acclaimed theater's artistic director.

It opens on Dec. 4 with Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor starring as Othello.

and Kelly Reilly as Desdemona.

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