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Joey Chestnut Wins Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest; Kobayashi Arrested

ChinoWayne Jul 4, 2010 04:55 PM

The headline says it all: http://gawker.com/5579405/joey-chestn...

  1. enbell Jul 10, 2010 09:06 PM

    Kobayashi interview

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      dach Jul 6, 2010 10:46 AM

      I was thinking this was Harding/Kerrigan ploy to boost competitive hot dog eating to the next level of pop culture. o_O

      Anyway, if you like this stuff, enjoy. Watching folk force stuffing their face like a xmas ham or foie gras poultry is not my cup of tea.

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      1. re: dach
        ChinoWayne Jul 6, 2010 11:22 AM

        Second this.

        1. re: dach
          Miss Needle Jul 6, 2010 01:02 PM

          "I was thinking this was Harding/Kerrigan ploy to boost competitive hot dog eating to the next level of pop culture. "

          Definite possibility. One of the Shea brothers kept saying how upset he was with Kobayashi's publicity stunt -- but it could be part of one huge elaborate ploy. I mean, this is what PR people do.

          Oh, and watching this totally made me lose my appetite. But a part of me can't help but be fascinated by this.

          1. re: Miss Needle
            Firegoat Jul 6, 2010 01:14 PM

            as disgusted as I was, i admit to reading a site about how they train...... I mean... $150k a year.... for eating....

            1. re: Miss Needle
              PattiCakes Jul 7, 2010 08:24 AM

              If you EVER want to see something disgusting, you ought to check out Philly's annual Wing Bowl. Many of the same professional eaters, like Joey Chestnut, have done thier time at WB. Kinda reminds me of Roman Orgy. Well, what I think a Roman orgy would be like -- never actually went to one.

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            curiousgeo Jul 5, 2010 01:39 PM

            Anyone know what the contract dispute was that prevented Kobayashi from appearing? It seems silly given how many times he's appeared previously. What should have been a win win for the contest and Kobayashi, turns into a lose lose circus. Don't understand it at all.

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            1. re: curiousgeo
              Servorg Jul 5, 2010 02:18 PM

              From what I read the contract would have restricted his "eating" in any other contests (outside of MLE contests) for one year.

              1. re: Servorg
                bookhound Jul 5, 2010 02:35 PM

                It has more to do than just that according to Kobayashi.


                1. re: bookhound
                  ChinoWayne Jul 5, 2010 03:15 PM

                  Never under estimate the lengths that American entrepreneurial greed will grow. Kobayashi is one of the guys who does the grunt work to make the Shea brothers and Nathan's successful in their promotion, and the Shea brothers return the favor by stealing Kobayashi's livelihood.

                  1. re: ChinoWayne
                    curiousgeo Jul 6, 2010 10:46 AM

                    I have to agree with ChinoWayne. Kobayashi brought the contest to a whole new level with his participation, paving the way for Chestnut and others like him. Even though Chestnut won, his victory seems a bit empty without Kobayashi competing along side him, JMHO.

                    1. re: curiousgeo
                      agoodbite Jul 6, 2010 12:36 PM

                      I completely agree. Without Kobayashi in the competition, Chestnut only managed 54 hotdogs which is sadly shy of his record of 68. I know it's a completely nauseating thing to watch, but if I'm going to tune in, I want to see a real competition where the participants really have to push themselves. I hope I get that next year.

                      1. re: agoodbite
                        bigmackdaddy Jul 12, 2010 08:09 PM

                        Maybe Gray's or Katz's should have their own hot dog eating contest. I'm sure they could spark Kobayashi's interest.

                  2. re: bookhound
                    Firegoat Jul 6, 2010 09:02 AM

                    After the contest Chestnut said he made about $150,000 a year from competitive eating. Also he ate approximately 15,000 calories that day

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                gloriousfood Jul 5, 2010 09:56 AM

                Watched it on TV for the first time yesterday and couldn't stop laughing at some of the contestants' names (Notorious B.O.B., Eater X, etc.). What an event! I was sort of disgusted by the close-ups of some of the gorging, but it was an amusing diversion.

                Re Kobayashi's arrest, as Joey Chesnut said, not sure what's going on with him but hope to see him back next year.

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                1. re: gloriousfood
                  bookhound Jul 5, 2010 12:18 PM

                  Kobayashi didn't win the last 4 times he faced Chestnut at the hot dog eating contest. He's been bested at this event and this was just a sad publicity stunt.

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                  celfie Jul 5, 2010 08:08 AM

                  sounds like a christopher guest movie LOL

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                  1. re: celfie
                    anonymouse1935 Jul 5, 2010 09:25 AM

                    How sad. I hope this is a PR stunt by Kobayashi.

                  2. Servorg Jul 5, 2010 06:55 AM

                    The Kobayashi Maru scenario: Still sinking ever hopeful cadets on a worldwide basis...(learn the lesson grasshopper - you can't both spurn the dog event and eat at it too - it's a "no bun situation" for sure...) ;-D>

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