Thanks to Sergey's suggestion, this is how to get it working:
(1) Move to a directory where you want the source code to be downloaded to
(2) svn co svn://seul.org/svn/pygame/trunk pygame
NOTE: Be sure to use the svn method. Simply downloading the pygame*.tar.gz
file from the pygame downloads page didn't work!
(3) cd pygame
(4) python3 config.py
NOTE: This confirms that you have the dependencies.
(5) python3 setup.py build
(6) sudo python3 setup.py install
NOTE: On my machine, I have the distro's python3.2 installed (which is in
the /usr/lib directory). This step places the pygame module into
/usr/local/lib -- which is what you want (per Sergey's suggestion).
(2) At the '>>>' prompt, type "import pygame"
VALIDATION: If you get another '>>>' prompt, all is well.
per BlaXpirit, you may also choose to use hg instead of svn:
hg clone https://bitbucket.org/pygame/pygame