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News Wed Nov 11 2009

On Your Marks, Get Set...Sit

Rarely does practicing for a competition involve sitting for hours on end and working on controlling your bowel movements, but that's pretty much what it's going to take to win the eighth annual Ultimate Couch Potato Competition set for January 1, 2010 at ESPN Zone, 43 E. Ohio St.

Sure, it sounds simple on the surface: sitting in a recliner as watching sports for as long as your can. But last year's winner, Chicago real estate broker Jeff Miller, clocked in at 39 hours, two minutes and 25 seconds of non-stop sports watching, a daunting task no matter how good no matter how good of a bowl game you're watching. Granted, you get a bathroom break every eight hours but no sleeping allowed.

Survivors, er, winners get a recliner, free cable for a year and $1,000 toward the construction of a home theater system.

The competition is limited to four contestants chosen from essays received by December 9. Complete rules can be found here.

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