September 27th is one of the biggest contests of the year, the Krystal Square Off. It is safe to say that for the last two years I have dominated the Square Off (I know it sounds bad, but it is true). I really enjoy the taste of the burgers and the fast pace of the contest. Last year I won by eight burgers (a good lead).
This year the contest organizers have changed the rules of the contest, and competitors are no longer going to be able to dunk the burgers in water. My first thought was that it is not a big deal, but after I started practicing it became obvious that my numbers will go down, and then I became pissed!! I understand that some eaters make a mess while dunking, and totals get inflated (they should be penalized). I also understand that the dunking is a little gross and it takes away from how delicious the Krystal burgers are... But this is a competitive speed eating contest!! Not a competitive neat/pretty eating contest... When I enter a contest, I am prepared to do almost anything to get the food down as fast as possible, and it should be legal (within reason)... people might say I am upset because i am worried that some eaters are better at eating dry hard to eat items. I say bullsh!t!! I am not worried about any of the competitors, I am just upset that I will have to change my technique and it will now be harder for me to break my old record of 103 krystals...I am optimistic that I can still beat it ;)
Now that I have that out of my system.lol.. it is time for me to look ahead to the actual contest and the competitors... I see Pat Bertoletti and Koby as the strongest eaters at the table (other than myself..lol). Over the weekend Pat qualified for the finals by eating 67 burgers. I expect him to get into the high 80's by the finals... I was told that kobayashi will qualify in the next couple weeks. It will be interesting to see how he eats the krystals this year (i might just copy and improve on his technique). I expect koby to qualify with close to 90 (that guy can eat)... I am in a good spot... I get to watch all the eaters and I get to perfect my technique and the competition can only guess about what I am going to do.
It is going to be a great contest... Chattanooga always has a great audience and it is easy to push myself to the limit.