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What's the beef? English gravy wrestlers get dirty

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 01:04

August 28 - The World Gravy Wrestling Championships get underway in England, with bouts contested in 1,200 litres of traditional Lancashire gravy. Sharon Reich reports.

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Vegetarians might want to sit this one out … It's the 7th annual World Gravy Wrestling Championships -- Yes … there is a competition that requires contestants to roll around in meat juices. And while roast is traditionally served on Sundays in England, there was plenty of traditional Lancashire gravy to go around at this showdown on Monday. Referee Ken Claxon explained that it takes a certain kind of person to win the title. (SOUNDBITE) Referee Ken Claxon saying (English): "A good gravy wrestler has got to have a sense of humour, got to be willing to make a fool of themselves and got to be willing to throw themselves around." As the knockout tournament came to a close, men's champ Michael Jarrett offered his take on pan juices. (SOUNDBITE) Men's Champ Michael Jarrett saying (English): "The gravy is warm, heavy and tastes like sausages. I think all sports should be done in gravy. Everything - boxing, football - would be more entertaining done in gravy." Now that's food for thought.

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What's the beef? English gravy wrestlers get dirty

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 01:04