Erik Denmark wins Fremont, CA Hooters qualifier

update May 31 Matt Stonie has a gallery

update May 29 results have been posted Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

update Dax “The Ginger” Swanson says he had a 43 wing deduction due to insufficient cleaning. This is strange for two reasons: 1) A contest judged by weight should not penalize by wing count 2) There should be no penalty for insufficient cleaning in a weight based contest; wings not fully cleaned should simply result in a lower total weight

The top 3 from this evening’s Hooter’s wing qualifier in Fremont, CA:
1) Erik Denmark 140 wings
2) Steve Hendry 106
3) Ken Douglas 100

Comments (20)


  1. anonymous said

    May 28, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

    That might be the last time Dax Ginger gets any kind of play on National Television

  2. DaxtheGinger said (Registered April 23, 2011)

    May 29, 2012 @ 12:13 am

    I had a 43 wing deduction Eric ate 3 more wings than I did, 140 to 143 I did not clean them enough.

  3. kendouglas209 said (Registered May 12, 2010)

    May 29, 2012 @ 12:53 am

    Dax was killing it out there

  4. Pondering said (Registered July 22, 2010)

    May 29, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    What is written about the weight by OJ is certainly true so the whole thing is puzzling. In many ways It is not fair to ask Erik and Dax to explain because it is their organization and if someone has a problem with the judging, they should take it up with the organization or the referees. The decisions are always final so speculating on here doesn’t do much except lead to more speculation. That is what everyone is doing here for the most part anyway.

  5. Rhonda Evans said

    May 29, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    MLE does not subjectively deduct wings in a weighted contest. It’s not how many wings you “go through,” it’s all based on total weight eaten divided by an averaged weight per wing. So, the “deduction” was not a deduction at all. I don’t have to be there to know that.

  6. capn brian said (Registered November 17, 2010)

    May 29, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    while pondering’s point is valid, those of us slated to participate in upcoming hooters qualifiers do appreciate any insights into the judging, as far as if it is better to intricately clean 100 wings, or hastily down 140…

  7. Rhonda Evans said

    May 29, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Do what you like, but it’s not hard to deduct what works best when wings are weighed.

  8. BigWillTheChamp said (Registered February 1, 2009)

    May 29, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Yeah Dax. You couldn’t have be “deducted wings” if the totals are supposed to be based off weight.
    This whole thing is a cluster fuck. Good job MLE!

  9. Actually... said

    May 29, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    It does seem like they are judging by the seat of their pants at each qualifier… Weight really is king on wings, just like it should be with any debris food.

    So how exactly is this contest judged, weaight or wings? Seems like after that first qualifying debacle where Grazy and A-train only ate 1lb they moved over to Wings.

    But the bigger question is, why didn’t Joey compete in his own Home town?

  10. DaxtheGinger said (Registered April 23, 2011)

    May 29, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    I cleared 7 plates of 20 Eric cleared 7 plates and a few in to 8, i did not clean them well enough to make the weight in the top 3 the average of my 140 ended up being 94 with Eric at 140.

  11. Anonymous said

    May 29, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    The so called mystery is solved and it is just like Rhonda said. MLE doesn’t take the time to post full results and things get reported here quickly, many misunderstandings result.

  12. Gentleman Joe said (Registered December 8, 2005)

    May 29, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    Based on the past, I believe they figure a wing is an ounce & you average eating half an ounce of meat per wing. Equals 32 wings eaten per pound. With that math, Eric ate 4lb 6 oz. & Dax ate 2 lb 15 oz. Since they count the actual wings to begin w/& then weigh them, you can be “deducted” wing. The general public doesn’t understand weight, meat eaten off the bone, etc. Numbers they get.

  13. DaxtheGinger said (Registered April 23, 2011)

    May 29, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    I knew I could not eat 140 wings if i did not touch a 140 wings.

  14. BigWillTheChamp said (Registered February 1, 2009)

    May 29, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    So they are counting wings but then using the weight as the total based on the average of the number of wings eaten cleanly? *facepalm*

  15. Anonymous said

    May 29, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    Just the opposite. How dense are you?

  16. MOTIF said (Registered September 3, 2011)

    May 29, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    BigWillTheChamp, take a second to read GentlemanJoe’s post and understand it, its a pretty simple and logical concept. I have no idea how the MLE is handling this contest, but I would have to assume GJ’s theroy would be most believeable. The numbers are arbitrary, the results are probably done as any other wing contest out there, just in the end they convert the weight into “wings.”

  17. BigWillTheChamp said (Registered February 1, 2009)

    May 29, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    Nah. I said it right. You just can’t understand my language 😉

  18. MOTIF said (Registered September 3, 2011)

    May 29, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    ‘counting’ and ‘wings eaten clean’ have nothing to do with the process of weighing. I’ll just leave it where it is…

  19. DaxtheGinger said (Registered April 23, 2011)

    May 29, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    For my 8th contest ever, and my first wing contest to have the hand speed to keep up with Eric is fine by me, true I could have slowed my speed down and cleaned the wings better a had a much better chance at 2nd 3rd, but I wanted to win.

  20. Ray said

    May 31, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    Nice win Erik

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