This past weekend while some of us were canoeing on the Russian river, lounging by the pool at PGA National, taking in football games at MetLife Stadium, or attending an animal husbandry conference in Pinehurst, NC; a group of highly trained athletes came together in the nation's capital to put their reputations and their stomachs on the line in the Ben's Chili Bowl World Chili Eating Championship. Not since TR's performance in the 2001 Festival of San Gennaro Cannoli Eating Contest have I seen such dedication to one's craft.
In the end, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating champion Joey Chestnut was victorious by ingesting seven and a half bowls of Ben's Chili Bowl chili in just six minutes. That is over 1.8 GALLONS of chili. This my friends is the price for glory.
The attached video is worth a watch just for the fantastic emceeing job by Sam Barclay from the IFOCE, even if the beheading imagery might be a bit distasteful in the current environment.