Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, Lockout Blues Edition!


Yes, the lack of sports thirst has gotten this bad.  I am sitting here with my mother on the 4th of July watching an Hot Dog eating contest.  No NBA/NFL news, no legit separation in the Major League Baseball standings, and all there’s left is Women’s World Cup

So much to question about this event: For example how do they dispose of the meal after the tournament or How do you train in order to win eating contest.

Most of these contestants are in fairly decent shape and not some big guy with no shirt looking  like “Rick Ross”.  In terms of the competition itself, Joey Chestnut has won the competition for the 5th year in a row, by eating 62 Hot Dog’s in 10 minutes.  Finishing second was Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti with 53 dogs.  Interesting not in the contest was former six time champ Takeru Kobayashi, there’s drama to his story and why he isn’t participating.

Kobayashi, who realized that he might not win the hot dog eating contest again, wanted to compete all over the world in other eating ventures. But Kobayashi got in a major tiff with the eating sanctioning body — Major League Eating — because he wanted to compete in non-sanctioned events. MLE said no chance, booting him out of the league and banning him from the Coney Island contest.

Last year, Kobayashi tried to storm the stage and eventually was arrested on charges of obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, trespassing and disorderly conduct. Those charges were dismissed. Now he’s just a figment of the imagination of the fans.

I had no idea there was a governing body of food eating contest.  It sounds amusing but they were able to flex its power and disallow Kobayashi to participate in this event.  Watching the Nathan’s competition made me think of other fun eating contest I’d like to see.  How about a “Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuit” eating contest or a “Lemon Pepper Wings” eating contest.  I am certain that kind of competition would draw fans far and wide.