It seems that I’m developing an eating contest disorder. Here’s what happens:
I find an eating contest. Half-heartedly train for it. Compete. Fail miserably. And promptly proclaim that I am retiring from professional eating. But then a few months go by. I forget how awful it feels to burn my throat with orange habañero peppers. Soon, I discover an event that’s so ridiculous, so insane, that I can’t possibly turn it down. Then, the cycle repeats itself.
Luckily, I think I’m finally ready to break this cycle. That’s because this time, there’s beer. And baseball.
I’ve been invited to compete in Matt Glass’ 7th Annual 999 Challenge, in which competitors must eat a hot dog and drink a beer during each inning of a baseball game.
To help me prepare for Saturday night, I asked Matt for some advice. Mainly, I wanted to know if I’m going to puke.
Anyone Can Enter: How’d you do the first time you tried this?
Matt Glass: It was not pretty. Me and another guy heard about the challenge and we randomly decided to do it on opening day during a Red Sox-Yankees game. We each only made it to the fourth inning. We got cocky thinking that it would be easy but it was disgusting. The second year, more people did it and multiple people finished. Now it’s gotten to the point that some people eat more than 9 hot dogs. The record for guys is 13 and 11 for females.
Anyone Can Enter: Have you ever thrown up?
Glass: I did after I finished the second year. I took a nap and woke up later sweating hot dogs.
Anyone Can Enter: If I puke during the game, am I disqualified?
Glass: If you puke and rally, it’s okay. If you’re able to do that and then eat more hot dogs, go for it.
Anyone Can Enter: What would be your number one piece of advice for a newcomer like me?
Glass: Don’t do anything differently than you would normally do. If you have a favorite brand of hot dog, stick with it. If you have a favorite beer, stick with your brand.
Anyone Can Enter: If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself?
Glass: Hmmmm. I don’t think so.