Takeru Kobayashi is the most dominant competitive eater in recorded history, a title he earned by scarfing down massive quantities of hot dogs, burgers, burritos and (horrifyingly) 17.7 pounds of cow brains.
He may have met his match, however, in the form of what appears to be the world's greediest hamster.
We can't fault Kobayashi for losing this one. Hamsters are well-known gluttons that take no prisoners when it comes to competition. They also make fine (if slightly boring) pets.
Early MLB playoff predictions
MLB playoff-clinching season is here. The Los Angeles Angels snagged a playoff spot Monday and are close to sealing the AL West. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals cemented their respective division titles Tuesday. Meanwhile, it appears the wild-card races are the most competitive, with each league seemingly embroiled in a three-way scrape for two spots. How will it all play out?
pollcenter:category=5553+earlymlbplayoffpredictionsSeptember 16, 2014Sep16By Joe DeMartino | ESPN.com
Medieval siege weapons were kind of amazing. We're talking massive battering rams, mutant crossbows and wheeled towers bristling with archers. Our personal favorite is the trebuchet, a type of catapult that uses a counterweight on one end and a rope sling on the other to hurl huge stones several football fields away.
To the best of our knowledge, no one has ever used a trebuchet to shoot a basketball into a hoop -- at least, not until trick-shot group Legendary Shots came along:
Awesome. We would totally build our own trebuchet, but given the massive amount of effort and knowledge involved (and the fact that we don't have any castles held by recalcitrant rebels that we need to knock down), we think we'll pass.September 15, 2014Sep15By Patrick Dorsey | ESPN.com
Remember this infamous receipt, the one from Philadelphia burger place PYT on which LeSean McCoy left a 20-cent tip for what he called "bad service"?
Well, it's apparently up for auction on eBay, posted by, according to Philly.com, a man who DJs at the restaurant -- and will go for an absolutely insane amount of money (standard Internet disclaimer about this thing perhaps not being legit). How insane? As of 7 p.m. ET on Monday, the latest bid was $99,900.
So we ask: Who would bid nearly $100K to secure this piece of paper?
An anti-tipper aiming to snag a most high-profile artifact of protest? Probably not, since that would end up giving the alleged "bad server" a more than 160,000 percent gratuity on the meal.
A tipped-worker advocate, hoping to show just what these typically low-wage employees often deal with? Doubt that, too; all that money could go a long way toward fighting the fight.
One of the many people willing to shell out crazy cash for noteworthy sports memorabilia? That's quite possible, although let's not forget that Michael Jordan's North Carolina recruiting letters and diploma recently sold for only $50,000.
Charlie Sheen? Maybe, although that means he upped his initial offer just a little bit.
dear Tommy Up at PYT in Philly. Please tell Rob K I'm pledging 1000 dollars to him for the tip debacle just wanna help. c #NoJudgement— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) September 10, 2014
We'll likely have to wait to find out. The auction ends Sept. 20.September 15, 2014Sep15By Joe DeMartino | ESPN.com
You've got to be some combination of strong, fast and (most of all) tough to play rugby, but don't discount smarts. Arkansas State University scrumhalf Mike Baska decided to use his head in a recent match against the University of Arkansas, pulling off a sweet move that had the crowd hollering:
That's pretty slick. Speaking of toughness, Baska gets roughed up a bit after he actually does decide to pass, but we're sure it was worth it.