Let it be known that one should never assume that they are incapable of losing their fantasy league. It’s an even worse idea to create a penalty intended to make others suffer because you never know if that person might be you. Journalist Lee Sanderlin he learned this the hard way after spending 15 hours in it “Hell waffle” as punishment for coming in last place in their fantasy football league.
The rules of his punishment, which he himself suggested before he lost, were simple: He had to spend 24 hours in a Coffee House, and every wafer he ate while in that Coffee House took an hour off from his sentence. In the end, Sanderlin, journalist at the Clarion Ledger, went viral on Twitter when he decided to tweet live about his trip, which he did at a Coffee House in Brandon, Mississippi. Its popularity is not surprising – this is the kind of heartbreak that the Internet loves.
“I come to you live from a Brandon, Mississippi Waffle House. I, a total loser, came in last place in my fantasy football league, ”Sanderlin wrote in a Thursday’s tweet which had received more than 119,700 likes, 18,700 retweets, and 11,100 quote tweets at the time of publication of our blog. “As a punishment, I spent 24 hours in a coffee house. Every waffle I eat is shaved an hour out of hours. It’s 4:07 Central. “
Sanderlin started off strong. He successfully scooped up the first two waffles he ate, manually scratching himself two hours after his sentence. The high didn’t last long. While working on two more waffles, he said he was “dead inside.” Sanderlin managed to cut waffles three and four, bringing his total serving time to an hour and a half. His son “Immense discomfort” he had started, and his tweets began to pick one up a lot of traction.
It hasn’t become any easier since then, but journalist tweets have become more fun. In addition to commenting on the stomach and side effects, Sanderlin gave the audience a summary of what was happening at the restaurant. Some kids chose to play “Eye of the Tiger” on the TouchTunes jukebox, which inspired them to get another waffle.
In another shocking revelation, Sanderlin said the league commissioner had informed him that he could sit in the parking lot and even vomit if he needed to without being penalized. Four hours in and five waffles fell, the reporter said the waffles “fell like cement now.” He said his heart was beating “really heavy,” and people, I’m not a doctor, but assumed it was because of the food and the stress this man was going through.
Unfortunately, Sanderlin’s problems don’t stop there, and he proceeds to vomit. By this time, he had consumed six waffles. Two merciful souls proceeded to give them Rolaids, the pills used to cure heartburn and acid indigestion. Sanderlin then spent some time in the car charging his phone and took a coffee to try to make some room in his stomach, if you know what I mean. Back in his “waffle house,” he tried to conquer his seventh waffle. It took more than three hours.
After a few more turns, Sanderlin snatched up his eighth waffle. I only had one more to go until I could return home. Finally, 15 hours and nine waffles later, Sanderlin left the restaurant. Through it all, the man captivated Twitter, gaining thousands of interactions on his posts and generating pleasure and fear on the social media platform. He also picked up some insults, in the vein “oh I guess I could do it in less time,” but the haters will hate him.
“The sun is rising, it’s a new day and I never eat more beans,” he said he wrote on Twitter. “It’s 9 hours and 15 hours in this restaurant.” S / o to the staff to let me pass on a slow night (I typed them well don’t worry). It was horrible and we recommend anyone not to do that. ”
After the emotional turmoil we all went through last year and after a while, Sanderlin’s story is the comic tragedy we all need. Even that was clear not fun, I admire the man for honoring his loss and choosing to share his pain, and his face immediately after he fell into the bushes, with us all. We can all use more laughs today.
Sanderlin he wrote his account of the experience on the Clarion Ledger, which is definitely worth reading. You can even see him in a six-hour video of the Waffle House saga in which he says he feels “like a sweeper” and is “full of regrets”. Alas, the price of hubris.