Round Three: Dinner at Steak 'n Shake
After 2.5 days worth of food, our heroes go to Steak 'n Shake and work on a triple cheeseburger, cheese fries, and a Bit 'n Pieces M&M shake. More than another day's USRDA of food is on the table for each participant.
At 5:00pm we all gather together to drive to Steak 'n Shake for the final round. This reporter observes that Jordan's expression can only be described as wan, and dread lurks in the eyes of AJ and Doug. I, not being a participant and therefore not eating these crazy meals, am enjoying the process immensely.
We all drive over to S&S and sit down at the table. Doug sees the picture of a burger and shake on the menu cover and is immediately dismayed. As we're waiting for our server Pete calls in and reports that he has decided to go home and recover instead of joining us. We order up: AJ and Doug get the triple-cheeseburger, cheese fries, and shake, Jordan orders a bowl of vegetable soup and water, and I get a double burger dinner with a Coke. I am the only person eating with any enthusiasm, while AJ and Doug are clearly wishing to be elsewhere. Or dead.
Both AJ and Doug elect to eat the cheese fries first, hoping to pack the less-dense fries down in their stomachs with the burger later. The fries take 15 minutes to eat, and a few times AJ gets in Doug's head with various stories and Doug nearly gags. However, they both continue and attack their burgers, taking another 15 minutes to polish them off. And then there is only the shake left...
The fries are dispatched.
The burgers have fallen to our heroes. Doug moves to a horizontal posture.
The thrill of victory...
and the agony of a full stomach.
...and a full 15 minutes later, both AJ and Doug have finished their entire meal! AJ declares the contest as "the dumbest thing I have ever done," and immediately heads to the bathroom. Doug meanwhile wishes for a bed to lie down on. Congratulations to both of them for being MaxCal 2007 Finalists! Of course, there can be only one... so we drive over to BW3's to watch the Packer game, drink some beer, and let the man who eats the most wings win! However, neither one even considers any wings until after halftime for some reason. :)
Eventually, Doug chooses discretion over valor, and leaves after halftime to go home to bed and hopefully digest. To seal his victory, AJ eats three wings and takes the 2007 title with a total of 8,424 calories in one day!
For the official results, check out this spreadsheet.