Reality and Sanity

July 4, 2007

The Champ Loses His Title

Filed under: Off-Mainline Competition — Paul @ 4:50 pm

Joey Chestnut claims it: No-Bayashi – Hot Dog Champ Loses.

NEW YORK (AP) – In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world’s hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a rousing yet repulsive triumph.

Chestnut, the great red, white and blue hope in the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes – a staggering one every 10.9 seconds before a screaming crowd in Coney Island.

I told you this would be a duel:

Kobayashi finished with 63 HDBs – hot dogs and buns eaten – in his best performance ever. His previous high in the annual competition was 53 1/2. The all-time record before Wednesday’s remarkable contest was Chestnut’s 59 1/2, set just last month.

The two gustatory gladiators quickly distanced themselves from the rest of the 17 competitors, processing more beef than a slaughterhouse within the first few minutes. The two had each downed 60 hot dogs with 60 seconds to go when Chestnut – the veins on his forehead extended – put away the final franks to end Kobayashi’s reign.



July 3, 2007


Filed under: Off-Mainline Competition — Paul @ 4:37 pm

It’s still on: Hot-Dog Eating Champs Go Eye to Eye.

NEW YORK (AP) – They stood toe to toe, eye to eye, and – most important – jaw to injured jaw.

Six-time defending champion Takeru Kobayashi, still unable to open his mouth wide enough for a typical teeth cleaning, joined favorite Joey Chestnut at a Tuesday weigh-in before their Fourth of July hot-dog-eating showdown in Coney Island.

The Japanese title holder declared himself ready to gorge, dismissing suggestions by skeptics that his stiff jaw was nothing more than hot dog head games aimed at rattling world record holder Chestnut.

“I don’t care what they think,” the 29-year-old said through an interpreter. “I just want to battle tomorrow.”

A battle it will be:

The two are among 17 contestants preparing for Wednesday’s eat-off, where the winner must consume the most HDBs – hot dogs and buns. Last month, Chestnut eclipsed Kobayashi’s mark of 53 1/2 in 12 minutes by inhaling 59 1/2.

I love this quote from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg while introducing the pair at the weigh in:

“Many times … in the annals of sports, the eyes of the world have turned to our great city to watch worthy adversaries square off,” said Bloomberg, tongue in cheek. “What comes to mind is Ali and Frazier, the Yankees and the Mets, the Post and the Daily News.”


June 19, 2007

Juliet Lee Is A Winner!

Filed under: Off-Mainline Competition — Paul @ 8:38 am

Meet Juliet Lee.

Juliet Lee

She recently won a contest.

What do you think she won? Car racing? Fitness, maybe?


Try competitive eating: Petite Woman Downs 26 Franks in 12 Min.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Juliet Lee, a 107-pound salon manager from Maryland, demolished the competition in the 5th Annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest by downing 26 franks and buns in 12 minutes.

The contest at the MacArthur Center was a qualifying event for Nathan’s international competition, which ESPN will televise live from Coney Island, N.Y., on July 4.

Lee, 41, was the only woman in Saturday’s field of 13. Her 26-dog meal was substantially more than the men flanking her – and weighing in at 360 and 359 pounds – could manage.

“Seven hundred-nineteen pounds of man, and they are losing to a 107-pound woman!” announcer George Shea yelled into a microphone as the crowd roared.

Mike Cotterell, the large Chesapeake man on Lee’s right, stood and shook his head in wonder as the crowd counted down the last 10 seconds. Lee kept stuffing her cheeks.

“I was kind of thinking I could probably outeat her, but she was incredible,” said Joe Tursi, a 359-pound contractor from Virginia Beach who took second with 15 1/2 dogs.

Major League Eating, which sanctions events and promotes professional eaters, is pushing Lee as a breakout star this year, her rookie season.

“Without any question, she is one of the future leaders of the sport,” Shea said.

She looks like someone who on a dinner date after finishing half her salad and two bites of chicken marsala declares she overate, signaling the waitron to bring a doggie bag. 26 hot dogs? No way.

I am impressed, but my regard is tempered by the resume of one Sonya Thomas, two pounds lighter and currently ranked fourth in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

Some highlights from the Thomas ‘Bib Sheet’:

Armour Vienna Sausage: 8.31 pounds Armour Vienna Sausage /Lowe’s Motor Speedway Charlotte / 10 Minutes/ May 28, 2005

Yuck. Vienna Sausage?

Cheesecake: 11 pounds Downtown Atlantic Cheesecake / 9 minutes/ Sept. 26, 2004

Are you kidding me?

Eggs: 65 Hard Boiled Eggs / 6 minutes, 40 seconds


Tacos: 48 soft chicken tacos/ Zocalo Restaurant / 11 minutes/ Sept. 29, 2004

Holy crap. I can eat maybe 10-12.

I noticed hot dogs aren’t on the ‘bib sheet’. I’d love to see her match up against these guys.

June 3, 2007

The Biggest Competitive Dueling Rivalry

Filed under: Off-Mainline Competition — Paul @ 4:13 am

Forget Wilt Chamberlain vs. Bill Russell, Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova, Greg Maddux vs. Barry Bonds or Tiger vs. a mob.

The biggest competitive dueling rivalry is between Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut.

The competition? Glad you asked: Man Beats World Hot Dog Eating Record.

PHOENIX (AP) – A California man smashed the world record for hot dog eating at a contest Saturday, gobbling up more than 59 franks in 12 minutes.

Joey Chestnut, 23, of San Jose, shattered the record held by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan by downing 59 1/2 “HDBs” – hot dogs and buns – during the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship at the Arizona Mills Mall in suburban Tempe.

Kobayashi’s old record of 53 3/4 was set last year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, held at Coney Island in New York, said George Costos, who helps runs the regional contests for Nathan’s.

Chestnut placed second in last year’s world championships, consuming 52 hot dogs.

So why to I call this the biggest competitive dueling rivalry?

“He’s unbelievable – he just keeps on going,” said Ryan Nerz, who works for Major League Eating, which he describes as “a world governing board for all stomach-centric sports.”

“These guys’ numbers have just been going up at a tremendous clip,” Nerz said. “I always thought there was a limit – a limit to the human stomach and a limit to human willpower – but I guess not.”

That’s why.

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