Times Square couch potato contest begins

December 31, 2007 6:10:18 PM PST
On your marks. Get set. Watch!

For many sports fans, New Year's Day was made for lounging around the living room and watching college football with a bag of potato chips in hand. This year, they can get rewarded for their laziness.

The ESPN Zone Ultimate Couch Potato Competition is being held Tuesday at the ESPN Zone restaurant in Times Square.

Four participants, sitting in recliners in front of a dozen 42-inch high-definition plasma televisions and a couple of 14-foot HD projection TVs, will try to watch the most continuous hours of televised sports. They can order unlimited food and drinks, but they can't go to sleep or leave their recliners except for restroom breaks once every eight hours.

They'll be shooting for the Guinness World Records mark for watching televised sports, 69 hours and 48 minutes straight, ESPN Zone said.

"The participants will basically be competing at doing nothing," ESPN Zone regional marketing manager Susan Abramson said in a statement. "But it'll take extraordinary mental and physical stamina to endure the conditions of watching TV for that long."

To get into the competition, contestants had to write 200-word essays describing why they had what it takes to mash the competition and be the ultimate couch potato.

The winner will receive a $5,000 prize package including - you guessed it - a high-definition TV and a cozy recliner.


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