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    Eating Contests

    http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/3737422
    Here's a link about an eating contest where these tiny people put away an incredible number of hot dogs. It always seems like lightweights win these things. I wonder why? It seems like someone who is used to stretching their stomach -some 6'4" guy/girl weighing 400 should win but that doesn't seem to happen that often. A better question is WHY would someone want to ingest 50 hot dogs at one sitting? Fame? Glory? Fortune?
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    Beats Me!

    I dunno...

    I watched the footage this a.m. on ESPN while working out @ the gym. It made me wonder if it's time to redefine what's considered "sport" and "competition."

    Perhaps it's the exclusive turf for "those who're keen on regurgitation."

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    Quote Originally posted by Miles Ignatius
    I dunno...

    I watched the footage this a.m. on ESPN while working out @ the gym. It made me wonder if it's time to redefine what's considered "sport" and "competition."

    Perhaps it's the exclusive turf for "those who're keen on regurgitation."
    Quite. They must have a lot of sport on at the moment

    I'm just bitter because I can't get access to coverage of the Tour de France, apart from a weekly update show.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/3737422
    Here's a link about an eating contest where these tiny people put away an incredible number of hot dogs. It always seems like lightweights win these things. I wonder why? It seems like someone who is used to stretching their stomach -some 6'4" guy/girl weighing 400 should win but that doesn't seem to happen that often. A better question is WHY would someone want to ingest 50 hot dogs at one sitting? Fame? Glory? Fortune?
    I can't believe I have an answer for this. I was watching a documentary on eating contests. A feature of it was the Nathan's hot dog eating compotition. They had a scientific breakdown of how someone who is 5'6" and a buck-twenty could eat that many. The reason is the bigger guys/girls have more weight and pressure pushing on their stomachs which limits their capacity. Technically, there is less room to expand or strech their stomachs compared to a skinny guy. The current champion for some reason has an exceptionally elastic stomach.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Quote Originally posted by Miles Ignatius
    I dunno...

    It made me wonder if it's time to redefine what's considered "sport" and "competition."

    Golf? NASCAR?

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    Golf? NASCAR?
    As little as I care for either, if it involves a ball or competing to finish ahead of all others (as in a race), it is a sport in my book.
    On pitching to Stan Musial:
    "Once he timed your fastball, your infielders were in jeopardy."
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    Quote Originally posted by boiker
    I can't believe I have an answer for this. I was watching a documentary on eating contests. A feature of it was the Nathan's hot dog eating compotition. They had a scientific breakdown of how someone who is 5'6" and a buck-twenty could eat that many. The reason is the bigger guys/girls have more weight and pressure pushing on their stomachs which limits their capacity. Technically, there is less room to expand or strech their stomachs compared to a skinny guy. The current champion for some reason has an exceptionally elastic stomach.
    I humbly hand over my crown. I am no longer the King of Useless knowlege. Pray teach us, my liege!
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    Quote Originally posted by Miles Ignatius
    It made me wonder if it's time to redefine what's considered "sport" and "competition."
    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker
    As little as I care for either, if it involves a ball or competing to finish ahead of all others (as in a race), it is a sport in my book.
    Related and maybe OT what about the Redneck Games ?
    http://redneckgames.tripod.com/
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    Quote Originally posted by boiker
    I can't believe I have an answer for this. I was watching a documentary on eating contests.
    WOW. What would posess a person to watch a documentary on eating contests? Did you pull out your back and lose the remote control?
    How do I know you are who you think you are?

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    Golf? NASCAR?
    Fishing? Bowling?
    If these are sports, does that make me an athlete?

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    I think eating contests are absolutely disgusting. What a waste... not to mention something else to encourage all the poor eating habits most Americans have.

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    Quote Originally posted by RandomPlanner...
    WOW. What would posess a person to watch a documentary on eating contests? Did you pull out your back and lose the remote control?
    I happened to be bored to death at the in-laws. They had the kids, Mrs. B was busy with her Mom and I was just watching crap TV on a Saturday afternoon.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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