JONESBORO, AR--As anticipation for the long-waited movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestselling novel The Hunger Games reached a fever pitch on Monday, local Arkansas radio station 100.5 FM The Eagle knew it had to take advantage of this incredible level of excitement in some incredibly zany, over-the-top radio show way.
It was then that Bob, of Jonesboro's favorite morning radio show, The Bob & Tom Show, came up with the cockamamie idea to stage the fictitious games in real life.
"I can't believe it hadn't occurred to me earlier," admitted Bob. "I remember talking with Tom, Kristi, Chick, and the rest of the crew about Katy Perry's new arm candy, and then for some reason we got to talking about how two of the actors from the film were reportedly hooking up, and then it hit me: let's do it for real!"
The station then went ahead and narrowed the contest to twelve nearby counties, four of which actually receive the station's hard-hitting rock & roll broadcast. Listeners from each of the counties were then asked to enter their names on the The Eagles' website for a chance to compete in the aptly-named "Once in a lifetime opportunity."
They then picked two participants from each county, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18, to fight to the death for a chance to win a pair of tickets to The Hunger Games premier.
Unfortunately, a fourteen-year-old boy from Sharp County, referred to by organizers only as Zack, suffered a severe sprained ankle after having landed wrong jumping down from a tree, and the whole competition had to be scrapped, citing safety concerns and wailing mothers.
Only two asthma attacks and one scraped elbow were suffered by fellow participants for the duration of the four minute event.
"Such a waste," said fellow DJ, Tom. "It was such a promising competition. We even doubled our listenership, and for a second there, right before the accident, we were in triple digits." Added Bob, "Too bad Zack had to go and ruin it for everyone."
At press time, Bob and Tom were seen being escorted away from the rep carpet, after reportedly catcalling and whistling incessantly at a very visibly annoyed Jennifer Lawrence.