The Sporkful has an interview with Tim "Eater X" Janus on how health concerns led to his retirement from competitive eating in 2015. (The first half of the program is a rerun of a 2012 podcast).


  1. Anonymous said

    June 30, 2017 @ 3:22 pm

    During the interview, at 13:50, Tim says there are a couple of MLE eaters who are known to cheat, and everyone watches out for them. He doesn’t mention any names. May I ask who these eaters are?

  2. anonymous said

    June 30, 2017 @ 6:19 pm

    The top cheating competitive eaters of all time:

    1. Juliet Lee – biggest cheater of all time (current competitive eater)
    2. Brian Subich (retired)
    3. Dale Boone (retired)
    4. Jason “Crazy Legs’ Conti (current competitive eater)
    5. Erik Denmark (current competitive eater)

  3. Anonymous said

    June 30, 2017 @ 9:16 pm

    Conti and Denmark, obviously.

  4. anonymous said

    June 30, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

    At least he’s smart enough to realize it’s detrimental to his health unlike a few others in their advanced years

  5. FBTSPod said (Registered August 20, 2014)

    June 30, 2017 @ 10:06 pm

    OH!!! This is what a real podcast is supposed to sound like!

  6. anonymous said

    July 1, 2017 @ 12:15 am

    It’s ok FBTS. You guys are still young. You need more experience, but you will become better as the years go by.

  7. anonymous said

    July 1, 2017 @ 9:07 am

    The top fake hair wearers of all time
    1. Allen Goldstein

  8. anonymous said

    July 1, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    Thanks 6:19 PM and 9:16 PM! I have heard you need to watch out for this Juliet Lee.

  9. Locust said

    July 1, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

    It’s detrimental if you train as hard and long as he did. It’s the risk most eaters are willing to take in order to achieve greater numbers. Not training or practicing will not produce earth shattering results, but it will prevent burnout and keep you in the game a lot longer.

  10. Anonymous said

    July 1, 2017 @ 12:36 pm

    June 30, 2017 6:19 pm:

    Crazy Legs Conti has legally changed his name from Jason Conti to Crazy Legs Conti. It’s on his official driver’s license.

  11. anonymous said

    July 1, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

    Right now Goldstein is making a shit load of money dealing comics at Eternal Con

  12. Anonymous said

    July 1, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

    That was nice to listen to. Thanks for sharing.

  13. anonymous said

    July 1, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

    Sounds like the Locust is praising the gospel of one Dr. Schmellkin

  14. Anonymous said

    July 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

    4:10, what he is saying, I believe, is that you get out of competitive eating what you put into it. Natural talent will only get you so far in short contests which require speed over endurance.

  15. Anonymous said

    July 1, 2017 @ 11:12 pm

    He also mentions choking as a real danger of home training. Locust, choking is something that can happen to anyone who practices, even someone who doesn’t train as often as Tim and others do/did. He wasn’t just talking about gastroparesis as something to worry about.

  16. anonymous said

    July 2, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

    I heard that Sonya was a big-time cheater too. Richard Lefevre too (see Las Vegas qualifier this year), where he was still eating hot dogs well over a minute after the contest ended).

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