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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Cops overwhelmed by response to Texas Redneck Games

DALLAS (AP) - There have been more than a few athletes accused of doping over the years - but the competitors at the "Texas Redneck Games" might just be dopes.
These competitive "rednecks" - slang for backwards, rural people - forgo the shotput for the "Mattress Chuck," for instance, in which two-man teams heave a mattress from the back of a pickup truck as far as they can.
By the time the latest event ended Sunday, more than 54 arrests and citations had been issued on charges ranging from public intoxication to speeding, according to the Henderson County Sheriff's Department. Officials are considering charges against the organizer and landowners where the event was held.
"I'm an old fuddy duddy and all that, but you got a vehicle, you got alcohol, and you got illegal dumping, and you're making a contest out of that?" said Lt. Pat McWilliams, public information officer for the sheriff's department. "We are very fortunate that we didn't have a fatality."


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