Man wins second couch potato title

January 2, 2009 5:17:27 AM PST
He's the king of couch potatoes.

A Manhattan man has won his second couch potato contest. Stan Friedman, 47, a research librarian, needed 18 hours, 48 minutes and 17 seconds of sports-watching time to outlast the competition at the second annual ESPN Zone Ultimate Couch Potato Competition.

The participants, sitting in recliners in front of dozens of televisions, weren't allowed to go to sleep or leave their recliners except for restroom breaks once every eight hours.

Friedman, like any good athlete, improved on his time. Last year, he needed 29 hours to win.