Well, if you are former St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer player Alex Pyzik '07 (Bel Air, Md.), you compete in the annual ESPN Zone "Ultimate Couch Potato" contest on New Year's Day in Baltimore.
On that day, ESPN Zone will be rewarding those who can watch the most non-stop sports programming. Beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, January 1, 2009, Pyzik will be one of 12 pre-selected sports fans in three cities that will race to their ESPN Zone recliners with their sights set on the prestigious title of "Ultimate Couch Potato" ... and sit and sit and sit.
ESPN Zone's annual "Ultimate Couch Potato" contest will take place at the New York, Chicago, and Baltimore ESPN Zones, where four competitors at each location will square off to see who can watch the most continuous hours of televised sports.
The Guinness Book of World Records mark for most continuous hours of televised sports watching is 69 hours, 48 minutes, set by Suresh Joachim in 2005. ESPN Zone's "Ultimate Couch Potato" contest, which originated in Chicago seven years ago and expanded to New York last year, will also include the flagship ESPN Zone in Baltimore, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in July.
"People around the world see ESPN Zone as the ultimate sports bar and ESPN as the gold standard in sports broadcasting, which makes us perfect for hosting a search for the ultimate sports-crazed couch potato," said Christine Baum, national marketing manager for ESPN Zone.
Contestants must remain in one of ESPN Zone's DreamSeats at all times, a set of recliner chairs located in the front row of the sports mecca's "Screening Room." A wall of HDTVs will air non-stop sports programming until the last contestant throws in the towel. Participants can order unlimited food and beverages, but they may not sleep or leave their chair; restroom breaks are permitted every eight hours.
Pyzik was selected as one of the 12 finalists after his essay describing why he has what it takes to become ESPN Zone's Ultimate Couch Potato was picked. The essays were judged on passion for sports, competitive spirit and overall creativity.
Each of the three winners of ESPN Zone's Ultimate Couch Potato competition (one in New York, one in Chicago and one in Baltimore) will receive a grand prize package worth more than $5,000, including: two round-trip tickets on AirTran Airways to anywhere in the continental U.S.; a 42-inch 1080p LCD HDTV and premium wall mount installation by certified home theater professionals care of Zip Installation; a DreamSeat recliner; a year's subscription to ESPN The Magazine; a year's supply of ESPN Zone game cards; $200 in ESPN Zone gift certificates; as well as ESPN Zone's Ultimate Couch Potato trophy featuring a real live spud. All participants will receive V-MODA headphones and ESPN Zone gift packs.
For more information, visit www.espnzone.com/ultimatecouchpotato.