They lift their forks to their mouths in the hopes that one day what they do will matter. Mounds of hamburgers and dozens of pizza are consumed, all in the name of not letting meal-plan credits expire.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the University of Maryland's Competitive Eating Club, and according to AOL News, they just want somebody to eat against. Because, you see, the nation's first competitive eating club doesn't yet have competition.
The eating club, which has official status at the university, is in its third year, and founder Keith Solomon hopes to convince students at other colleges to battle his group of eaters. So far, he has no takers, but his club of 30 members is unofficially training for when that day comes.
With Major League Eating events on television and a culture built on food, is this the natural evolution of late-night college binging, or a sign that competitive eating is moving closer to being considered an actual sport in America? Perhaps the next generation will tune in only to watch the broadcast of tailgating, not the actual football game.
If the University of Maryland team manages to get a game, then we should be worried. Until then, kudos to an enterprising young man for figuring out how to get the university to sponsor a hot-dog-eating contest with his buddies.
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