Male Man Delivers
According to Steakbellie, a fellow Philly-based eater, U.S. Male dies his blood green when donating in the hopes of influencing the recipients choice of football teams: The Eagles. While the Eagles arent the most dominant team of the decade and U.S. Male is no Chestnut, both show a working class approach to their sports thats as unique to Philadelphia as the cheeseburger.
Major League Eating had a chance to catch up with U.S. Male on the heels of his stunning win at the Fat Tuesday Crawfish Championship in Atlantic City.
MLE The Eagles choked against Arizona huh?
USM That they did, Andy Reids gotta go.
MLE He looks to be a big eater though.
USM Yeah, you dont wanna get between him and a WaWa hoagie.
MLE So you kicked some serious ass down in A.C. recently. The upset of the year may have come on the first contest of the year. What was it about crawfish that enabled you to beat the likes of Sonya, Juliet and X?
USM I may not have their capacity, but my hand speed and technique were just a bit better that day. I sat for this contest to assure my mouth was as close to the food as possible and never touched the water because as we know, every second counts. I also ate crawfish every day leading up to the event.
MLE How did you feel after the contest? What did you do?
USM I felt like I just had an appetizer. Afterwards in the House of Blues we had some frosty beverages & desserts and then later on I had some pizza & a turkey hoagie.
MLE You were dedicated to the sport in 08. Your Krystal participation in particular showed a high level of commitment. What will be your focus circuit wise in 2009?
USM My focus is to improve on every food discipline I did in '08 and to try some new ones. The overall goal is always to be on the big stage July 4th so I will work hard to get there.
MLE You grew up in Voorhees in the 1980s? Did you know a kid named Hugh Magee?
USM No, I grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and Cherry Hill.
MLE Oh. Did you know a kid named Chris Lee from Cherry Hill? He called himself King Lee.
MLE What athletics did you do in high school?
USM I played soccer and trained in the martial arts after school.
MLE Your love for the Eagles is well documented, are you also a Phillies fan?
USM Eagles and Phillies season ticket holder. Love the Flyers and 76ers too.
MLE Do you think any players on the legendary 93 Phils team juiced? Dutch Dalton, Dykstra, those guys?
USM Absolutely, Dykstra for sure. Half the team bulked up prior to that great season. Two words: Mickey Morandini.
MLE Remember Inkie, Pete Incaviglia?
USM He was one of the fan favorites and a big guy with some serious power and a killer mullet.
MLE They say new presidents have a post-election capital that they must spend during their first days in office. Theres lots of buzz surrounding your win at the first MLE contest of the 2009 season. How will this change your approach to the next few weeks, your next few contests?
USM It won't change my approach at all. I have a steady desire to do the best I can while keeping my area free of detritus.
MLE What would you do if Beautiful Brian changed his name to U.S. Mail, using "mail" instead of "male?"
USM Brian is a fellow postal employee who loves my eating name so I know he would never copy the idea this late in his career. Using mail is ridiculous because it represents paper.
MLE What about Wild Bill?
USM What about Wild Bill?
MLE Fair enough.