Congratulations to Bob Shoudt -- the nation's first chili-eating champion. His friends call him Humble Bob, but after eating 11.5 pounds of chili, he may be known as Farting Bob.

He slurped down all that chili in about 10 minutes at the Kings Island Amusement Park's Skyline Chili Spaghetti Eat-Off. At one point, he sucked down more than two pounds in less than a minute. That's break-wind speed, my friends.

I hope his family was down wind when he accepted his prize.

For those of us who grew up in the South, eating chili on spaghetti is like eating green beans with a hamburger. It don't sound right. But it's actually pretty tasty. During a layover in Cincinnatti, I ordered a bowl of Skyline Chili -- it's good eating, my friends.

Humble Bob is no amateur eater. He's ranked fifth by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

Amateur or not, Bob might want to crack a few windows. As Lewis Grizzard once said -- chili dogs bark at night.