I can honestly tell you that at my last KCBS comp in Nevada, Iowa I WAS that person. To me my chicken was overcooked, ribs were mushy, pork overcooked but maybe with luck it would firm up and my brisket was absolutely horrible, I have seen dog food that looked better. Everybody came by asking how it was and I said those exact things. I said no chance of a call, but if we got lucky in pork my wife would go up because I sure didnt deserve anything. I said this type of stuff many times to anyone and everyone. Long story short we got 9th place calls in chicken,ribs and pork and a 2nd
in brisket. So my first 4 call contest(the 9th places hurt us in overall though).
I would guess I must have been called a sandbagger or worse at least a dozen times after awards.