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Add Another One to the "Embarrassing Arkansas Moments" File

This is only tangentially related to sports, but is too hilarious to let pass without comment: it seems that Sacha Baron Cohen (of "Borat" fame) has struck again, and this time his victims are the good people of Texarkana and Fort Smith.

It all started with an event titled "Blue Collar Brawlin'" that promised "hot chicks, cold beer, hardcore fights". Sounds like wholesome fun for the whole family, right? Well, not's how the AP described the scene:

"Lured by $1 beer and the prospect of "hot chicks" and "hardcore fights," thousands of Arkansans were duped last month into appearing as extras in comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's latest staged mayhem. Cohen and his confederates organized cage fighting programs on consecutive days in Texarkana and Fort Smith. Both cards ended with two male grapplers (one was identified as "Straight Dave" and wore camouflage) tearing each other's clothes off and, while in underwear, kissing down their opponent's chest."


After that, madness predictably ensued, including many beers thrown with malicious intent and the performers being hustled out of the arena through a special exit. And, of course, the story is now all over the Internet with plenty of predictable jokes about the Natural State to accompany it.

The moral of this story? Some things are just too good to be true, and like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and affordable national health care, an event featuring cage fighting, sexy women and $1 beer definitely falls into that category.