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

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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?

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

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 08.01.2014 | 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.

The Assassination of Twinkie the Kid by the Coward Crazy Legs Conti

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
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I had arraigned to meet the yellow bellied sponge cakester at an hour past high noon at the World Twinkie Eating Championship at the Bally's Tunica Casino.

Is Twinkie the Kid a Zombie or a Vampire? By Crazy Legs Conti

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
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I have kept the same heroes since the eighth grade and it has been a great month for my own personal hero worship.

They Can Shut Down the Government, but They Can't Stop the Chili

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
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In 1968, as Washington, D.C. was overcome by riots, Ben's Chili Bowl not only stayed open, but served the rioters on one side and the police on the other, proving that chaos may reign in the streets, but chili brings only peace.

Get Him a Body Bag Filled With Frozen Yogurt, Johnny

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
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The Phantom Gourmet Food Festival is in its tenth year, under the shadow of Fenway Park, with 50 vendors giving out food from The Sausage Guy to Uppercrust Pizza to beer. Lots and lots of beer.

Take the Gun, Eat the Cannoli

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 11.12.2013 | Weird News
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The cannoli is the perfect Italian dessert and its most unforgiving. One must have a crunchy jagged shell pockmarked like the moon. Its shape is an open cornucopia allowing filling from both sides.

The Buffalo Wing Festival in Two Bites. Part Two: I Am Woman, Hear My Stomach Roar!

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 11.05.2013 | Weird News
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On the Major League Eating circuit the hot dog is the toughest food in competition due to the meat and bun combo, but the chicken wing is the most difficult.

The Buffalo Wing Festival in Two Bites -- Part One: From Sage Daiquiris to Chicken Feed

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 11.03.2013 | Sports
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Over a decade ago, I went to my first Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York. Hungry Charles Hardy and I spent a half week enjoying the greatest bar food city on the planet.

About Last Night's Kimchi

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 10.14.2013 | Weird News
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My weekend in The Windy City included gourmet hot dogs, Comicon, a Kimchi Eating Contest, Superhero Strippers and a 8 to 10 pound weight fluctuation each day.