Woman breaks Texas record by eating three 72-ounce steaks in 20 minutes
Five stories that have North Texas talking: A woman eats three 72-ounce steaks in 20 minutes; country music stars take over AT&T Stadium; Stevie Ray Vaughan is honored in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and more.
The lean, mean steak-eating machine has done it again! Molly Schuyler ate three 72 ounce steaks – and all the fixins – in 20 minutes! (That deserves an exclamation point, right?!) She accomplished this impressive feat at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. (This is the establishment where if you eat the steak and sides in an hour, you get it for free.) Amarillo Globe News reports: “Hundreds of people gathered outside the restaurant to watch her eat three steaks, three baked potatoes, three shrimp cocktails, three salads and three rolls in record time. “We’ve seen a lot come through those doors but Molly…she takes the cake…she takes lots and lots of cake,” Big Texan co-owner Bobby Lee joked. Schuyler is a competitive eater and wins all kinds of eating contests. Last May at the Big Texan, Schuyler ate two 72-ounce steaks (with sides) in less than 10 minutes. Over the weekend, Schuyler faced four two-man teams, which included professional wrestlers and former college football players. No problem for Schuyler; no contest, really. She beat them easily. Schuyler won $6,000 for his achievement.
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- AT&T Stadium in Arlington hosted country music’s party of the year on Sunday night. The Associated Press reports, “Miranda Lambert took home four awards, including album and song of the year, but the singer lost the night’s top prize to Luke Bryan at the Academy of Country Music. Sunday awards. … Lambert was the only woman nominated for Entertainer of the Year; Other nominees included Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, who picked up two awards on Sunday. Although she lost the top prize – again – Lambert was the queen of the night. She was on a scorching winning streak — and she even wore a scorching bustier when she performed “Little Red Wagon.” Lambert won her fourth album of the year, her sixth singer of the year and twice for third single of the year (she won twice this year as a performer and songwriter of ‘Automatic.’) “The folks at ACM report that the ceremony broke the Guinness World Record title for the most attendance at an awards show – 70,252 fans packed the stadium. Read more here. [Associated Press]
- North Texas’ Stevie Ray Vaughan was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame over the weekend. the Cleveland Plain Dealership reports, “In honor of inductees Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, a collection of fantastic musicians have taken to the stage. It was one of the best performances of the night. Performers on stage took turns singing verses to “Pride and Joy.” John Mayer kicked off the series of solos, followed by Doyle Bramhall II and the brilliant Gary Clark Jr., whose bluesy tone was by far best suited to the song. Jimmie Vaughan, the late SRV’s older brother, came on stage with his own solo, honoring his brother. When blues guitars sound this good, it can go on forever and no one will care. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
- Opposition to gay conversion therapy is growing, but it likely won’t be banned statewide in Texas. The Texas Tribune reports, “State Representative Celia Israel, D-Austin, filed Bill 3495, which would ban the practice for minors in Texas, but she acknowledges that simply obtaining a hearing before the House State Affairs Committee would be a great accomplishment. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to get past the House and Senate and get to the governor’s office, but it’s helpful to have a public hearing on this practice,” Israel said. “If a family decides to take their child to therapy, there is no need for a therapist to suggest that there is something wrong with that child. Putting that on a child is the worst thing you can do.'” [Texas Tribune]
- A Plano West High School football star was arrested over the weekend for evading arrest. The Dallas Morning News reports: “Sotonye ‘Soso’ Jamabo shouted that ‘his life was over,’ Kemp police said. But a representative from UCLA, where Jamabo is committed to playing in the fall, wouldn’t say whether the arrest in Kaufman County would affect the running back’s future. Jamabo, 19, was speeding down US Highway 175 around 7:20 p.m. Saturday when Kemp police tried to stop him, Chief Robert Walker said. Jamabo, who was driving a van with three other teenagers, then executed a stop sign, swerved and passed other cars with “complete disregard for the public safety of others on the road”, Walker said . [The Dallas Morning News]
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