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Name Calling on the Rise

Joe LaRue called Conti a cheater. Conti called LaRue a goon. Dale Boone called Frank Wach and old timer. Wach called Boone a hick.

None of this name calling has been confirmed, but if it's happening it signals a shift in Major League Eating. What was once a sport of comraderie and mutual respect is morphnig into a battleground laden with name calling and impertinence.

"It's happening," said one fan in a recent blog posting. "Not since Rudman Libnitz has it been so nasty."