We arrived half an hour early to take our place at front stage. This has its risk being so close in case of a possible "Reversal of Fortune'. We were not scared. We were there to root on our hero Joey. The announcer whipped the crowd into a ecstatic flurry of emotions with his fancy banter. The bell was rung and the eating frenzy began. This was an intense and possibly the longest 12 minutes we have ever witnessed. Ms. Goofy actually got hit by a wayward airborne piece of rib. We are not sure if a contestant inadvertently threw it or the unthinkable. Ms. Goofy survived her ordeal and the 12 minutes were completed.
The eaten picked over cleaned ribs were weighed to determine the winner. Matt Megatoad Stonie was declared the victor with 10.5 pounds of ribs. It was a spectacular battle. The results were a little disappointing for Joey Chestnut fans but this was rib eating competition at its finest. Congratulations King Stonie.