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Martz, Brown Lead Bama to Rib-Eating Championship


Tuesday, December 28, 2004

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sweet 16!  That is how many ribs senior offensive lineman Danny Martz (Gaithersburg, Maryland) and freshman offensive lineman David Brown (Birmingham) each consumed on Tuesday night as the Alabama Crimson Tide bested the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 2004 Music City Bowl's Team Welcome Party at the Wild Horse Saloon.
Martz and Brown each ate 16 ribs in three minutes, while sophomore offensive lineman Kyle Tatum (12) and junior linebacker DeMeco Ryans (7) added 19 ribs as the Crimson Tide outlasted the Gophers 51-42. 
Lance Sannes and Brian Moss each ate 12 ribs to pace the Gophers.
"The hardest part was trying to eat and swallow three ribs at a time," Martz said after his championship performance.  "Once I got the technique down is was pretty easy.  I was still hungry.  It was pretty easy, really.  My strategy was to eat the smallest ribs first."
Each participant was given a pan that contained 96 ribs.  There was a three-minute time limit and in order for the rib to count, the bone had to be clean.
Following the rib-eating contest, Minnesota got revenge over Alabama in the ESPN Trivia Challenge. 
Pat McCarthy of Neenah, Wisconsin, set the tone in the opening round with 15 correct answer for the Gophers, easilty outdistancing the competion.  McCarhty represented UM in the finals where he easily beat junior safety Charlie Peprah (Plano, Texas).
Peprah, senior kicker Brian Bostick and junior safety Roman Harper represented the Tide in the trivia challenge.