Truth Be Told, I Don’t Think I Can Complete Chicken Mini Challenge

June 30, 2011 | Glenn Clark

Honestly…I don’t think I can do it.

40 chicken minis from Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square in 15 minutes? I just don’t think it’s possible. Not for me.

Maybe a trained athlete like Joey Chestnut…


…but not me. I don’t think so anyway.

Friday morning, I’ve agreed to participate in the first ever “Chicken Mini Challenge”, brought to you by our friends at Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square.

At 7:30 Friday morning live from the WNST studios at 1550 Hart Rd. in Towson, I will attempt to consume 40 delicious Chicken Minis in just 15 minutes.

You will hear the Challenge live on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST &, Nestor Aparicio has said we are going to broadcast video live on UStream, and the contest will DEFINITELY be available later in the day to watch on WNSTV and our WNST YouTube account.

Needless to say, it’s an endeavor. Rick from Reisterstown stopped by the studio Thursday morning to give me an idea of exactly what 40 chicken minis looked like…

chicken minis

…and I panicked. I ate six of them in about 10 minutes and my stomach responded with a polite “that’s all for me today.”

This will sound shocking to some folks, but I’m not an athlete. Chestnut is an athlete. He told us in an interview Wednesday morning that he intends to reach 75 hot dogs and buns Monday on Coney Island as he goes for a fifth straight Nathan’s Famous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest title.

Joey Chestnut is an American hero. I just want to be a guy that can eat 40 chicken minis.

I have serious doubts that I’ll be able to do it.

A year ago I faced a similar challenge. I was challenged to devour 12 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes. For a week, I played up the idea that I was nervous and didn’t think I could succeed.

But in all honesty, I knew I could do it. And despite the severe pain, I succeeded.

I’m not confident this year AT ALL, no matter how much confidence Drew Forrester has in me.

I honestly don’t believe I can do it. In fact, I really wonder if anyone can do it.

Chicken minis are DELICIOUS. They’re amongst the top five inventions in the history of food. I like to include chicken minis in my rotation at LEAST once a week. And I’ve spent more time at Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square than I have at the home of any gal I’ve EVER dated.

But this really ISN’T a good idea.

I’ll do it anyway, because it’s the right thing to do.

We’re hoping that you’ll support the cause. We’re raising money for two very worthy charities via the Challenge. The first is the Helping Up Mission on Baltimore Street. On their website, HUM says they “transform broken men.” Drew and I saw that first hand in Decemeber after the WNST community collected over 300 coats to drop off during Holiday season.

HUM is an incredible place. I’m very grateful for their existence, as a close friend of mine has found himself in a place in his life where he has needed to admit he was broken and needed the help HUM could provide.

We’re also raising money for “BMORE Free Programs“, the charity started by former Poly and Green Bay Packers star Antonio Freeman. Freeman is spending his summer providing meals for city children, as well as working with them via a summer reading program. I’ve been particularly touched by the good things Charm City athletes like Freeman, Aaron Maybin, Keion Carpenter, Bryant Johnson and Tommy Polley have done recently-so I thought Freeman’s charity was a noble cause.

I’m getting involved by eating Chick-Fil-A. I’m hoping you’ll get involved by donating. You can donate via PayPal ( is the account), or by sending a check or dropping it off at 1550 Hart Rd. Towson, MD 21286. I actually hope you’ll split your donation and send two checks, one each made out to BMORE Free Programs and Helping Up Mission.

We’ll be accepting donations through the end of next week. I’m asking that you consider a donation of $1 per chicken mini-or a total of $40…even if I fail to reach the 40 mark (which I assume I will.) If you can donate more than that, we’d be grateful. If you can’t quite donate that much, we’ll be happy to take anything.

We NEED your support.

Thanks to Chick-Fil-A Nottingham Square for their support, as well as to the great Dennis Schocket, who will provide a soundtrack to the Challenge tomorrow morning. In honor of America, Dennis is going to be playing covers of John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and more.

I’ll likely need someone to hold my hand as my body “reverses”, or perhaps even goes into shock.

I don’t think I can do this, but I hope you’ll support me anyway. It’s going to be a fun morning…well…maybe not for me.