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A Big Tribute to the Little Man

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 04.17.2015 | Weird News
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Little Jimmy was a God-loving man, but also a lover of people and good times. He loved Coney Island and the July 4th contest where he and I could celebrate America, and then stroll post-contest to Ruby's on the boardwalk.

Why Reading the 'New Yorker' Will Get You Punched in the Head

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 03.18.2015 | Weird News
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I saw a blinding white light -- or rather felt -- it as the sucker punch hit the left side of my temple. Later, staggering on The Bowery, I would be amazed that my Goorin Brothers newsboy hat stayed on my head.

Are You a True Bostonian or Do You Like NYC Brisket (Mutually Exclusive Much)?

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 03.12.2015 | Weird News
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I am a big Jay McInerney fan and I heard him speak years ago at the St. Luke's Church on Hudson street. He told a harrowing tale about almost dropping...

Let Them Eat Cake, Seriously!

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 04.19.2015 | Weird News
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After Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie quaffed 14.5 pounds of vanilla buttercream birthday cake at the Palm Beach Outlets World Birthday Cake-Eating Champio...

Katy Perry, Formerly Guilty Pleasure, Now Just Pleasure

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 03.30.2015 | Weird News
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At Madison Square Garden, Katy and I shared a moment near the end of her expertly choreographed musical production. She was flying overhead on a balloon contraption and I looked up, locked eyes, and tilted my Goorin Brothers newsboy hat towards her.

The True American Food Outlaws are in Chicago

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 03.01.2015 | Weird News
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Glutton Force Five is a food lifestyle brand. Run by Pat "Deepdish" Bertoletti, who handles the food creation part, and Tim "Gravy" Brown, who handles the magical marketing and promotion, Glutton Force Five is as kick-ass as food gets.

The Cream Puff Inside the Octagon-Shaped Cannoli Shell

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 11.24.2014 | Weird News
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As the only competitor who has eaten in all 13 annual cannoli-eating contests people always ask how I prepare for the Sisyphean contest. It is a punishing discipline as the shell will cut up the roof of one's mouth and the filling will inflate someone.

When Major League Eating goes "Top Gun" with the Shadow Hawks Squadron at Atsugi Naval Base, Japan.

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 10.19.2014 | Weird News
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"I'm Maverick, you're Goose," says Major League Eating MC Diamond Dave Keating to me as we bake in the sun on the flight line at Atsugi Naval Base, Ja...

Navy Entertainment and Major League Eating Continued: Okinawa Is Filled with Marines and One Amazing Female Competitive Eater

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 10.18.2014 | Weird News
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The history of the female gurgitator is a short one. From Japan, Takako Akasaka once ate 90 ostrich egg omelets. Known as "The Sweet Queen," in 2000 she decimated New York city pastry shops and ate a then-record 22 Nathan's hot dogs in 12 minutes.

Sasebo Naval Base, Japan : Home of the Fastest BBQ Pork Sliders in Competitive Eating

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 10.15.2014 | Weird News
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When you think of great BBQ pork, stripped sauce-soaked goodness, you probably think of Clarksdale, or Walterboro, or some tiny town in Texas. What if I told you the best I've had was in Sasebo, Japan on the Navy Base?

Eating for the Troops: Navy Entertainment in Yokosuka, Japan

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 10.14.2014 | Weird News
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I have been fortunate to be on six of those tours and as MLE often opens for a band with a Pro-Am, we not only eat for the troops, but with the troops -- each MLE eater is paired with one or two military members and eats as a team.

They Shoot Wild Harness Race Horses, Don't They?

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 10.01.2014 | Weird News
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"Trotters or Flats in race four?" I asked a rail side spectator at the Tioga Downs Casino and Racetrack, as if I was a grizzled harness race veteran, ...

'Twas the Night Before the Hot Dog Contest...

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 09.03.2014 | Weird News
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Twas the night before the hot dog contest, and in Coney Island, not a gurgitator was sleepin', But dreaming of the morrow's Herculean eatin'.

Oysters Champion Rain, Oyster Champion Reigns

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 08.03.2014 | Weird News
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"Sonya, Sonya, Sonya," was heard, not from the fans at the Acme Oyster Eating Contest during New Orleans' Oyster Festival, as they had absconded from ...

The Last Man on Earth (or Just the Loneliest Man in Charlotte After a Hot Dog Eating Contest)

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 07.28.2014 | Weird News
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Although my mental prep seemed poised for victory, I wasn't prepared physically. My NYC diet of all-you-can-eat half-priced sushi and French toast has kept me in a shape, probably best described as an sagging water-balloon.

Mediations on Cronuts, Chicken Wings, Pastries, Beer Puzzles and Unfilled Dreams

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 07.12.2014 | Weird News
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Who knew that an all-you-can-eat hot dog contest could be so poetic?

Assault, Profanity, Prize Money and Why Major League Eaters Always Finish Their Veggies

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 06.30.2014 | Weird News
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As the South Florida sun set, a golden maize hue on the horizon, one had to reflect on the corn eating championship. It was more than the usual competitive eating contest -- it had fights and forgiveness, despair and hope, bad behavior and magnanimity.

I'm the Bartender at the Corporation Bar, Do You Remember Yesterday?

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 06.15.2014 | Weird News
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Leslie, the aforementioned bartender of the Corporation Bar in New Orleans, probably greets a lot of people with the above salutation. The Corporation...

Writing About Drinking While Drinking While Writing: Part Three -- National Bohemian 'Natty Boh' Canned beer

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 06.02.2014 | Weird News
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The final installment of my favorite dive bars in NYC has me drinking my all time favorite beer -- Natty Boh from Baltimore.

Green Egg Substitutes and Un-Ham

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 05.31.2014 | Weird News
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I eat professionally but write as an amateur to maintain my Olympic status. With apologies to Theodor Geisel... That Satian-I-am! That Satian-I-am! I...

The Wolfing (Down) of Wall Street

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 05.12.2014 | Weird News
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Eat this, Scorsese! I've read Jordon Belfort's book of excess, greed and over-consumption yet I felt it paled in comparison to the same qualities, but...

Writing About Drinking While Drinking While Writing: Part Two -- Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Whiskey

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 05.06.2014 | Weird News
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While still composing my ode to my favorite NYC dive bars, I am quaffing Lagavulin's 16-year-old whiskey from Islay.

Writing About Drinking While Drinking While Writing: Part One: Abita Grapefruit IPA and Brennivin Schapps

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 04.27.2014 | Weird News
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While listing my top ten New York City bars today, I am swigging Abita Grapefruit IPA and sipping Brennivin Schnapps from Iceland. Over twenty years of late nights, early afternoons in drinking holes and saloons, these are the ten or so that put my liver back in a New York Groove.

Dive Bar Beauty -- Anna at Coyote Ugly

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 04.28.2014 | Weird News
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The roar of the crowd over the cranked juke box tells you that this is where to be on a rainy Wednesday afternoon and no where else.

Indy -- My Kind of Town!

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 02.11.2014 | Weird News
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I have always relied on the kindness of strangeness, so 24 hours of shrimp cocktail, beer and whiskey in Indianapolis required a stumble to the dark side, with some nice folks along the way. As a city on the competitive eating circuit, Indy has often confounded me.