Chowin' down for cash
ESPN will broadcast the "Alka-Seltzer US Open of Competitive Eating," which it bills as the most dramatic event in the history of competitive eating, for three nights starting this evening.
The competition will air tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m.
The epic one-on-one elimination tournament will whittle 32 eaters, including Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas of Alexandria, down to a single champion through five rounds of varying foods and duration. The three-episode event follows the trials and tribulations, and emotional highs and lows, of these competitors as they attempt to make it to the top of their chosen sport.
The ESPN series, which is produced by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE), also will feature the world's No. 1-ranked eater, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, and 30 other elite eating champions competing for a total of $40,000 in prize money and the coveted Alka-Seltzer Cup.
Oh well. All we can say is plop plop, fizz fizz.