Every season, we set goals. Most of those goals are on the field of play. They involve trophies and helmet stickers and Bones and pats on the butt from Doug Marrone.
But we also have off-the-field goals. Sure, many of them are academic in nature. But others are about nature itself. The never-ending battle between man and creature. Human and crustacean. Hunger and stomach-wall-lining strength.
Big East Media Day is August 2nd. But we all know that's just the appetizer for the main course. Lobster. Lots and lots of lobster. And for Syracuse's football players, the goal could not be clearer. Eat them. Eat them all. Eat them all to HELL.
The Orange will trot out four claw-crackers for the event, as well as noted competitive-eater Doug Marrone. Do any of them have what it takes to walk away from the weekend with their names in the record books? Here's what they're up against...
Big East Lobster-Eating Record: 9*, Brian Leonard, Rutgers (2008)
2008 was the Golden Age of Mass Lobster Consumption, but something tells me we're about to enter a Renaissance. A greasy, butter-soaked Renaissance. So who's going to make it happen? Let's take a look at not only the Syracuse players but the Big East foes most likely to get it done as well.
Honestly, I'm pretty sure Cincy's not even trying. They might as well just sit at the bar and sip Mai Tais all night.
An OL and a DT headline a line-up that could end up stealing the show. And the butter sauce.
Wisely, the Cardinals double their line-up from 2 to 4 to increase the odds. But do they have what it takes to crack those shells?
A year after bringing five stomachs, the Panthers settle on three. But are they the right three for a lobster-eating spree?
For the second year in a row, Schiano proves he just doesn't understand how to gameplan for a LobsterFest. Typical Jersey attitude...
Skip Holtz cuts down his list of attendees and might be putting all his lobster roe in one basket.
Pretenders:Enjoy your side salad, CB Quenton Washington.
Contenders: Jeremiah Warren
The Orange are bringing the numbers this year. Again, the question is not how many stomachs but are they the right stomachs?
Contenders: Possibly the best 1-2 punch in the competition is DEs Chandler Jones and Mikhail Marinovich. These two big boys have been eating together for years now, which puts them at an advantage and lobsters at an extreme disadvantage.
The Mountaineers bring a trio of eaters but only one seems likely to crack some claws.
Contenders: DE Bruce Irvin brings athleticism and speed along with a huge frame. He could pack away four lobsters before you even notice.
And so, after careful consideration, here's how I see things playing out.
2010 LobsterFest Champion:
3rd Place: Chandler Jones, SU (6.5)
4th Place: Bruce Irvin, WVU (6)
5th Place: Jeremiah Warren, USF (6)
You may now place your bets...