Nothing like sitting down to a little snack of 72 tamales consumed in 12 minutes or less.
That’s the number of tamales the contestants at the sixth annual World Tamale Eating Championship will have to eat to usurp — and that just seems like the right word in this context — the world record set in 2007 by Tim “Eater X” Janus.
Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, No. 4, and Erik "The Red" Denmark, No. 7, join No. 5 Janus at the table … or trough. Thomas, in particular, seems like formidable competition. She owns the world records for chowing down on Vienna sausages, cheesecake, chicken nuggets, boiled eggs, tacos, and quesadillas.
Tony "Bam Bam" Martinez of Dallas, Shawn "The Pulvereiser" Heiser of Richardson, and “Nasty" Nathan Biller of Wichita Falls, who happens to be ranked No. 18 by MLE, round out the local talent registered for the event.
There’s got to be some serious bulimia here somewhere.