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Your awesome mascot moment for today

By now, everyone's heard of Clark, the disturbingly pants-less bear that the Cubs have trotted out this summer as their official mascot (He even goes on the road with them!).

But have you heard about this guy?

Truly, Billy Cub seems more in tune with the true spirit of Cubdom than the official mascot, especially given the bar fight and all. I mean, come on, a bear mascot getting into a bar fight. Who wouldn't want to see that? And what Cubs fan worth his Old Style couldn't relate to it?

I just hope this doesn't spawn a trend, because, while I enjoy a good mascot bar fight as much as the next guy, I wouldn't want to see it become a regular thing ...

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Officials from three Fort Wayne minor-league clubs -- the Komets of the ECHL, the Mad Ants of the D-League and the TinCaps of the Class A Midwest League -- have begun legal proceedings after three phony mascots posing as the clubs' "official" mascots ignited a brawl at a local nightclub.

One of the mascots, Ice-Ice Baby Eagle, instigated the brawl by telling the official IPFW mascot, Don the Mastodon, to "step off" after Don stepped on his toe with one of his massive feet. A shoving match ensued, swiftly involving the official Saint Francis mascot, Johnny Cougar, plus the fake Mad Ants mascot (Ant-y M) and the fake TinCaps mascot (Jonny Tinhorn). It eventually escalated into a full-scale riot in which furniture was smashed, vodka bottles were thrown and tufts of fur yanked out.

All three fake mascots were arrested and Jonny Tinhorn was treated and released for lacerations after Don the Mastodon threw him through a plate-glass window. Charges are pending.

Ben Smith's blog.

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