Couch Potato Champ Feasts on Wings, Sliders and ESPN for Two Straight Days
January 3, 2010
(ChattahBox)—After two straight days on a recliner with eyes glued on the TV to a steady menu of ESPN channel and feasting on ESPN Zone’s wings, sliders, nachos and God knows what else, a winner emerged from the third annual Ultimate Couch Potato competition on Sunday. Taking his place on the massive sports recliner at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day in Times Square, Jorge Cruz, 26, began his bacchanalian odyssey of slothfulness along with three other contestants. Cruz stood up from his recliner 48 hours, 15 minutes and 1 second later to beat out two-time defending champ Stan Friedman.
Jorge Cruz, a “public affairs assistant” for Con Ed, from Washington Heights, NY was awarded a $4,000 grand prize package for his superior couch potato skills, including an HD-TV, a high-tech recliner of his very own, and free cable or satellite service for a year. And of course he has “bragging rights” for the next year.
The contestants could only use the bathroom every eight hours and they could eat or drink whatever they wanted for free. But they could not fall asleep and they were required to constantly watch ESPN. Stan Friedman, the couch potato champ for two years running, gave up after 41 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds, perhaps with a painfully full bladder or bored to tears with a steady stream of college bowl games and Sports Center.
Cruz was ecstatic with his victory and assorted prizes, considering he would have entered the competition just for the free food and drink alone and would have gladly paid ESPN for the experience. “This is something I would pay to do but ESPN Zone made an event out of it for great prizes,” Cruz told NBC.
After his win in Times Square, Cruz apparently resumed his perch on the recliner in a courageous bid to beat out the final two Couch Potato contestants still sitting and sports watching at ESPN Zone in Chicago.