Source: Sherman Publications

Stuffed for a cause!
Hunger Games

by CJ Carnacchio

April 18, 2012

Raising money to help little kids live their dreams typically gives folks a heartwarming feeling.

But in the case of eight Oxford Jr. Wildcats (OJW) coaches, it was more like heartburn.

As part of a fund-raiser for the popular youth football program, these coaches participated in a hot dog eating contest at the 24th Street Sports Tavern in downtown Oxford.

It was the freshman coaches versus the junior varsity coaches as the two, four-man teams went head to head – and bun to bun.

Each team was given a heaping tray of 20 hot dogs to consume within 10 minutes.

But these weren’t your average size wieners. No, sir.

These were jumbo dogs – much thicker and meatier than the standard frankfurter everyone knows and loves.

In the end, the JV coaches – which included Matt Wandrie, Ken Barrott, Joe Viviano and Scott Darrin – claimed the trophy after devouring 17.5 dogs.

The freshman coaches – which included Aaron Carpenter, Jeff Walter, Buck Myer and Paul Schroeder – downed 15 dogs.

It’s interesting to note that following the contest, Rolaids’ stock price experienced a sharp increase.

All in all, the event raised about $1,570 for the OJW program.