- The Big East Media Day will be held August 3-4 in Newport, Rhode Island.
- Part of the festivities is the Big East Clam Bake, in which lobsters are served all-u-can-eat style.
- Doug Marrone, known competitive-eater, will be on hand.
- Arthur Jones, once Ryan Durand's padawan-learner and now full-fledged lobster-eating-Jedi will also be on hand.
- So will Mike Owen, Syracuse's 250-pound tight end.
There will be melted butter. Oh yes, there will be melted butter.
The unofficial team record, seven lobsters, was achieved last year by Durand. Not only is there a strong possibility of that falling this year, but the unofficial Big East record of nine lobsters, held by Rutgers fullback Brian Leonard, may very well go down too.
Sources tell me that lobsters are being flown in from around the world to accommodate the trio, including some of the world's most famous lobsters. Once though inedible, Venezuela's 467-pound Langosta De Mil Muertes (Lobster Of A Thousand Deaths) is expected to be presented before the group. Rules stipulate that the monster must be subdued by it's eventual eater first before being boiled. Thirty-seven men are said to have perished in his claws. (Pictured below)
The time for talking is done. The time for claw-cracking and butter-dipping is about to begin.