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Joey Chestnut Eats 8 Pounds of Ribs in 12 Minutes At Rib-Eating Event…Wins?

As a person who finds the “sport” competitive eating to be a completely ridiculous endeavor, I do not regularly make mention of it here at the Sportress, but a quote from America’s No. 1-ranked competitive eater – according to the International Federation of Competitive Eating, which is the Grand Poobah of competitive eating federations – really was a rib-tickler, so to speak.

And for those of you who are interested, Chestnit won the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off’s eating competition in Sparks, Nevada by eating eight pounds of pork ribs – sans bones, I hope – in 12 minutes. Congratulations, Mr. Chestnut, on a job…done.

But on to the quote (via KOLO-TV):

“I get in the rhythm,” Chestnut explained. “I try to get everything in my hands, my jaw, and my esophagus to the muscles in my abdomen to work together. To push the food down and I got into a good rhythm today. The food was setting deep inside me–quickly.”

What the heck? That’s some illustrative analysis right there. Is it just me, or if one were to take the word “food” out of that quote and replace it with, um, some other term (I’m pretty sureĀ  you know where I am going with this without me explaining it), and the act of competitive eating takes on an entirely different meaning, does it not?

Rib-Eating Competition Draws Thousands [KOLO-TV]