One hundred twenty eight Hooters wings will net just about 1 lb. of edible product? This is what Hooters and MLE would have you believe after the most recent Hooters wing competition held on April 18, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN. where two professional eaters each separately consumed over 100 wings and both were announced to have ate just 16 oz. and 17 oz. total respectively. I don't think they thought about the fact when they announce that over 100 Hooters wings net just 1 lb. of food that besides being quite surprising it makes Hooters products look bad.
The individual who was crowned the winner by MLE on 4-18-12 is known as Crazy Legs Conti. Conti is a favorite of MLE for promotion of future events because of his likeable witty persona even though there are published videos of him clearly cheating while at a Nathans qualifier last year. Conti can be seen stuffing Nathans hot dogs in his surgical type rubber gloves as he removes them as well as depositing mouthfuls in a cup.
The winner of the Hooters qualifier on 4-5-12 was Sonya Thomas with a total of 148. In a segment of the video of this event it shows a aluminum pan which Thomas is depositing her "completed" wings. The wings are only partially consumed.
How does MLE and Hooters determine a winner? Is it numbers of wings or is it by weight? This seems to depend on what outcome they prefer. If you try to question the system used to determine winners be prepared for a run around.
There is a unpublicized part of this freak show known as competitive eating and in particular MLE. The MLE organization who is also known as IFOCE is a business which promotes various eating contest for several restaurant and food manufacturers. Contest of which many appear to have been and still are manipulated in favor certain eaters who work for MLE. In fact the contest known as debris contest such as wing eating are famous for unusual winner decisions. Several of the worlds best known eaters do not work for MLE like Kobi, Torres and Boone just to name a few yet MLE will regularly claim the worlds best status for one of the eaters under a contract with them.
Most of the public loves an eating contest... but do they know what really is going on behind the scenes? Its interesting stuff because it is so odd.
The next Hooters contest is in Mesquite, TX. on 4-28-2012 at the Real Texas Festival.
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Crazy Legs Conti cheating at a Nathans contest 2012
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