The Denver Nuggets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-117 Saturday night, but some of the more bizarre game-related highlights took place on Twitter in the form of the #MeVsNuggets challenge.
Good luck tonight to all the Cavs fans trying the #MeVsNuggets challenge — eat more Nuggets than the Nuggets score points. Started by @WayneEmbrysKids in 2011. Last March, it was a bad idea. Nuggets scored 126! pic.twitter.com/lw5UwYGbjC— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 3, 2018
For the uninitiated, Twitter user @WayneEmbrysKids is largely credited with starting the #MeVsNuggets challenge in 2011. The challenge is based on a simple premise: Cavs fans attempt to eat at least one McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets for each point the Denver Nuggets score during a Cavs vs. Nuggets game. For example, if the Nuggets scored 96 points, fans would have to consume at least 97 McNuggets to win.
This set up a gastrointestinal nightmare for Akron, Ohio’s Joe Quinn, as NBA.com ranks the Cavs as one of the league’s worst defensive teams with a collective defensive rating of 109.8.
“The over/under for the Nuggets was 112,” Quinn told Chris Pugh of the USA Today Network. “I felt like I could do 100. My plan was to run out to a quick lead. I had 55 down pretty quick but the Cavs let Denver score 37 and 36 in the first and second quarter.”
Those who followed Quinn on Twitter felt his pain in real time as he unsuccessfully tried to keep pace with a Nuggets squad that was seemingly scoring at will. Quinn posted pictures of his discarded McNugget boxes and noted that the McDonald’s employee who served him threw in some extras.
"I'd like to order seven 20 pc nuggets"— Quinn (@MindOfQuinn) March 3, 2018
Ummmm, ooookaaaay. Anything else?
"Nah I'm I'm for now."
*handed nuggets - "Bro I gave you an extra 10, Lue don't coach D" 🤣#MeVsNuggets
“Bro, I gave you an extra 10, Lue don’t coach D,” the employee reportedly told Quinn, taking a jab at Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.
Quinn posted a final image of himself sprawled on a floor next to dozens of half-eaten McNugget packs. He managed to put down 115 McNuggets at a price of $38.99. He’d likely pay the real price the next morning.
“I don’t really eat fast food,” Quinn told Pugh. “It makes me sick.”
Perhaps the only thing more bizarre than Cavs fans voluntarily wrecking their guts to go viral is that the #MeVsNuggets challenge is only the second-strangest food-related Cavs headline this week.