The eaters took their places behind their plates and got ready to (gut)rumble when one of their number began dry heaving and begging for water.
“Can’t do it,” he huffed, and climbed down off the stage.
A quick plea was made to the four former champs: Can one of you guys fill in?
Schneewind obliged, the contest commenced, and Schneewind absolutely destroyed the field, finishing his plate in 67 seconds. A bit off his storied “world” mark but highly impressive nonetheless.
Turns out, however, the dry-heaves incident had been a set-up, a ruse to entice Schneewind to the stage for one more legendary gulpdown.
What’s your secret to killing a plate of kraut at warp speed?
“I don’t know,” he said, his $100 winnings in hand. “I’ve just always been able to eat fast.”