On Sunday, February 3, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will line up against each other to determine the best team in the NFL. And maybe the biggest story line surrounding Super Bowl XLVII, to be played in New Orleans, Louisiana, is that two brothers will coach against each other for the first time in Super Bowl history.
Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, and 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh, will face off in what’s been aptly named “The Harbowl.” Competitive eating fans should not confuse this with the “Wing Bowl,” which will enjoy its 21st year of existence this month.
So, to celebrate great feats both on the gridiron and at the table, Tailgate Fan looks at some Super Bowl-worthy eating feats.
Last year at Wing Bowl 20 in Philadelphia, eating legend Takeru Kobayashi crushed the previously held world record, eating 337 wings in 10 minutes. That’s 82 wings over the former world record, which was held by Jonathan “Super” Squibb. The best part of this performance was, even after Kobayashi annihilated the record, he said that he probably could have eaten 100 more wings had time allowed.
Were it not for George and Rich Shea, we would not have the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating competition. No, not because they “invented” the idea of eating competitions, but because they commercialized them. They found a way to monetize the sport, starting the International Federation of Competitive Eating (I.F.O.C.E.), which holds about 80 sanctioned eating contests each year. If not for the Shea brothers, we might never know that a human being can eat 337 chicken wings in 10 minutes.
With the Super Bowl in New Orleans this year, it’s only fitting that we tip our cap to Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, who holds the world record for eating nine pounds of crawfish jambalaya in 10 minutes. This impressive record has held up since February of 2004. She also happens to hold the record for eating 6.5 pounds of crawfish in 10 minutes. We’re guessing she’s a big fan of shellfish.
In honor of the Baltimore Ravens, and our friends in the Chesapeake area, we tip our cap to Ms. Thomas yet again. She holds the record for the most crab cakes eaten. In April of 2009, Thomas ate 49 crab cakes in 10 minutes at the Baltimore Waterfront Festival. Now, crab cakes aren’t necessarily big, per se, but they are pretty hefty. This year, the “biggest” Maryland crab caught in the Chesapeake Bay weighed in at 1.1 pounds and was 10.7 inches. It’s probably safe to say that Thomas ate upwards of 12-15 pounds of food in 10 minutes. That’s remarkable.
Really, San Francisco is also known for fresh seafood — more specifically, its crabs. But since we have that covered, they get a nod for their spectacular Asian cuisine. The record, in case you were wondering, for the most ramen noodles eaten in eight minutes belongs to Tim “Eater X” Janus, who ate 10.5 pounds of noodles in 2007. San Francisco is also known for their sourdough bread, but no standing record exists in that category. So for all you budding competitive eaters, this could be your chance.