In honor of the infamous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest held annually on July 4th on Coney Island, the sports radio station that I work for does something similar each year. Last year it was 40 chicken mini’s from Chick-fil-A in a designated amount of time, currently escaping my memory. The year before, 12 hot dogs, bun and all, had to be eaten in 10 minutes.
Our afternoon host, a pretty hefty guy in his late 20’s, has been pretty consistent over the years, completing last year’s challenge but falling just two chicken mini’s shy the year prior. Tomorrow, this Friday, it’s the ‘Buffalo Wild Wings Asian Zing Wing Throwdown.’
Now why do we do all of this you may ask? As the first sports radio station in Baltimore and as an independently owned radio station, with no network affiliation (ie: not ESPN, CBS, or Fox radio), we are deeply rooted in the community. As a voice of the people in the community and the city that we love, our radio station wants to do everything that we can, in whatever way we can, to give back and to get the message out in doing so. So, each year we select different charities to raise money for and typically find creative ways to do so. That’s where the ‘Asian Zing Wing Throwdown’ comes in.
This year that same afternoon host proposed a new twist. And that twist my dear friends, is the addition of yours truly to the competition. Yes, you heard right, me! So tomorrow morning at 8 AM I face off with a guy three times my size and attempt to eat 32 boneless Asian Zing wings in 8 minutes. I just ate 10 in two minutes in an effort to practice beforehand and let’s just say while it tasted delicious, it was not as easy as it looked.
Wish me luck, I’m going to need it.
File under: WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO?
EDIT: For those interested in seeing me house 20 wings in 8 minutes, see here.