Instead, they perhaps compete for the camaraderie. Or, maybe, to carry on the ancient Greek ideal of the healthy body and healthy mind. Or they’re preparing themselves for greater tests: The battle of Waterloo, in a saying attributed to the Duke of Wellington, “was won on the playing fields of Eton.”
So it makes sense that, finally, there will be a made-for-TV collegiate eating championship. It will be staged Saturday in San Diego as part of the CBS-owned Collegiate Nationals, which also includes surfing in machine-made waves.