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Thursday, April 24, 2008
Updated: April 30, 2:10 PM ET
The Feast on the First

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After losing to Greeny in the Mike & Mike Bracket Wager, Golic will have to take part in a competitive eating contest on Thursday, May 1. Pro competitive eaters Crazy Legs Conti, Eater X and Pete Davekos will be in the Mike & Mike studio at 8:05 a.m. ET to take on Golic in a Buffalo Wild Wings wing-eating competition. Eater X (ranked No. 4 by the Major League Eating), Conti (No. 11), Davekos (No. 25) and Golic will have three minutes to consume as many hot, boneless wings as they can.

Trash Talk:

Pete Davekos: You think you can compete?

Eater X: "I will follow you home" | Meat sweats



The Roster

Mike Golic

Mike Golic

"Chew until you see all zeros." -- Mike Golic

Mike Golic has always been interested in competitive eating. Back in the day, when Golic was playing for the Eagles, he was an avid fan of the Wing Bowl, an annual eating contest in Philadelphia. "I'm no stranger to mass quantities of food," says Golic, "but I am a stranger to the speed I would have to eat [in the contest.]"

Golic is indeed no stranger to food. Once, while out with his brothers, he ate eight "Grand Slams" from Denny's (two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs, two pieces of bacon and two sausages). "It was a lot of slop," Golic recalls happily. Another time, while once again out with his brothers, Golic says he ate 240 wings (on 10-cent wing night). "Both my brothers beat me," Golic says. "They are the true eaters."

When asked his favorite food, Golic responds: "Anything that doesn't involve a vegetable." And his favorite food to binge eat? Cake. "I'm a mass quantity cake eater," he says. "They're like potato chips -- you can't eat just one." He remembers eating a dozen pieces of cake in just one sitting.

But Golic is once again quick to point out that while his eating may sound impressive, "it's child's play to the other competitors."

In order to get ready for the competition, Golic says he's lost weight because the other top competitive eaters are smaller. "Don't underestimate me," he says to his competitors. "I will not be opposed to physical contact with my opponents if it's close at the end."

The biggest question of the "Feast on the First" is whether or not Golic will eat too much too fast and throw up. Golic doesn't know whether it will happen, but he knows one thing: "If I do happen to throw up, I will throw up on Greeny."




Crazy Legs Conti

Crazy Legs Conti

Legs started as one of the sport's biggest fans. It was in 2002, when he visited New Orleans to watch Super Bowl XXXVI that he began competing in the sport he loved.

Unable to secure a ticket, he opted to watch the game in the venerable Acme Oyster House, where he downed 34 dozen oysters in just over three hours, setting a new Acme endurance record. Legs returned to New Orleans in April for the 2002 Big Easy Eat-Off, choosing a major for his first official IFOCE contest. Flanked by such veterans as Moe Ribs Molesky and Crawfish Nick Stipelkovich, Crazy Legs downed 168 oysters on the half shell, hands free, for a decisive win. The rookie eater next consumed 18.5 hot dogs and buns in Coney Island on July 4th and secured the MLE pancake eating title when he downed 3.5 pounds of sourdough pancakes and six pieces of bacon as part of the Hibernation Cup.

Since that auspicious debut, Crazy Legs has established himself as perhaps the most prominent entertainer/eater in Major League Eating. The A& E network aired his namesake documentary, "Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating" in 2005, and he ate dozens of oysters on Late Night with David Letterman soon thereafter.

In 2007, Crazy Legs continued to shine as he earned a seat in both the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and the Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship. His unique look and knowledge of the sport also earned him a co-hosting gig on Spike TV's MLE Chowdown.

Personal Bests:

45 Krystal Burgers in 8 minutes

24 Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs in 12 minutes

World Records:

Florida Sweet Corn 34.75 ears in 12 minutes

Lumberjack Breakfast: 3.5 lbs of pancakes and bacon in 12 minutes

Buffet: 5.5 lbs buffet food in 12 minutes

(Major League Eating)




Eater X

Eater X

His given name is Tim Janus, but to the competitive eating community he is a man of mystery, Eater X, whose inner torment is concealed by a mask. Eater X has distinguished himself in the eating community, performing well in pie, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, cannoli, Krystals, and corned beef and cabbage.

He recently shattered the tamale record, taking down 71 in 12 minutes. This 2004 Rookie of the Year is also the tiramisu-eating champion of the world and clearly represents the future of competitive eating in style, composure and ability.

He is a day trader by trade and an eater by disposition. He is single.

Personal Bests:

74 Krystal Burgers in 8 minutes

43.5 Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs in 12 minutes

World Records:

Ramen Noodles: 10.5 lbs in 8 minutes

Nigiri Sushi: 141 pieces in 6 minutes

Tamales: 71 in 12 minutes

Cannoli: 26 in 6 inutes

Burritos: 11.81 lbs in 10 minutes

Tiramisu: 4 lbs in 6 minutes

(Major League Eating)




Pete Davekos

"Pretty Boy" Pete Davekos

During college, Pete Davekos spent summers chasing well-bred girls whose families summered in the Cape Ann. He'd often hang out in restaurants impressing the young ladies with his incredible appetite. One day Pete was attempting to catch the eye of Tiffany Lien, a fair-haired co-ed from Philadelphia's Main Line. Little did he know that Tiffany was dating a local lobsterman who doubled as the restaurant's bartender.

Noticing Pete's attempts to move in on his girl, the lobsterman proposed an eating duel. The rules were simple; whoever was first to consume three fisherman's platters would get the hand of Tiffany.

In the end, Pete was victorious, edging out the lobsterman by a scallop and a half. He and Tiffany's relationship didn't amount to much, but that food fight taught Pete that his ability to eat could deliver him great things in life. He has never looked back.

Personal Bests:

22 Krystal Burgers in 8 minutes

19.75 Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs in 12 minutes

World Records:

Fried Clam Champion of Ipswich, MA (1997, 1998, 2000)

(Major League Eating)