Monday, August 01, 2005

To My Last Bite

I could hear the chants of “Kooo-bee…Kooo-bee…Kooo-bee!” I was in the kitchen and about to sit down in front of my television for some good sports on my favorite channel, ESPN. It wasn’t Kobe Bryant or even Cobi Jones…it was Takeru Kobayashi who the fans chanted for. Kobayashi, Sonya Thomas, Eric Booker, Rich Lefevre, Cookie Jarvis, Levi Oliver and the rest of the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) took to ESPN for the Alka-Seltzer US Open of Competitive Eating.

ESPN on a Saturday night? Watching these people shove food down their own throats was amazing and also disgusting. Each round they went one-on-one with another competitor devouring different kinds of foods. Cheese fries, salad, pasta, potato skins and big party platters.

My biggest problem with what they do is that ESPN and people are calling this a sport. How and why? I understand what they’re doing is difficult – but it’s not a sport. Maybe they should stick to calling it a ‘competition’ or even an ‘eating challenge’. Kobayashi won in the finals to defeat the “Black Widow” Sonya Thomas easily after she moved into the finals. These people travel all over the country and world to face off in different eating challenges…rice balls, baked beans, cabbage, hot dogs, hamburgers, Marconi and cheese…and on and on.

I didn’t have any problems when ESPN started having the X Games – those people do some incredible things. The Great Outdoor Games too – good stuff. But the IFOCE? C’mon – it’s a joke. I’d rather watch a repeat of Kenny Rogers shoving a cameraman or Roberto Alomar spitting in an umpires face.

Bottom line, the IFOCE is not a sport and ESPN (The Worldwide Leader in Sports) shouldn’t broadcast it and call it such.


At 8/01/2005 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah I agree with your assessment on eating competitions.

What I want to know is...what do you think about Palmeiro's suspension for steroids?!?!?

“Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don’t know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never.”

At 8/01/2005 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WORD! Same could be said for billiards, bowling, poker and other "GAMES"...sports = physical activity and athletic list sounds like a cool basement on "Cribs" or an elementary school field trip!
Next thing you know my dorky friends will be on ESPN playing video games against each other via the internet!

At 8/01/2005 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your blog made me hungry.

At 8/01/2005 2:13 PM, Anonymous JBird said...

Agreed - surprised it even made your blogg. Billiards and bowling are sports. Poker is not (plus its just a fad anyway).

At 8/01/2005 2:43 PM, Blogger Raul Riviera said...

At 8/01/2005 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gregg - I wasn't around much this weekend, are you seriously saying that ESPN aired an eating contest. And you said Saturday night, did you mean to say veyr late on Saturday night??

At 8/02/2005 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More food please ESPN

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