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Postby roninmedia » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:43 pm

What's for dessert?
Chestnut shatters Kobayashi's hot-dog eating record

Posted: Saturday June 2, 2007 9:19PM; Updated: Saturday June 2, 2007 10:23PM

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, 22, of San Jose, shattered the record held by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan by downing 59 1/2 "HBDs" -- 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, who also answers to the nickname "Jaws," placed second in last year's world championships, consuming 52 hot dogs.

"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."

Chestnut won a free trip to New York, a year's supply of hot dogs and a $250 gift card to the mall.

He flew to New York on Saturday night for a previously scheduled trip to throw out the first pitch Sunday at a game between the New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Costos said.
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Postby Popcynical » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:47 pm

Awesome!

Good to see an American back at the top of world gluttony!
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Postby moonhead » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:49 pm

a year's supply of hot dogs? i don't think i'd ever want to touch another hot dog.
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Postby VaderFin » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:53 pm

moonhead wrote:a year's supply of hot dogs? i don't think i'd ever want to touch another hot dog.


Is it any worse then eating 59 in 12 minutes? :-b
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Postby moonhead » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:58 pm

VaderFin wrote:
moonhead wrote:a year's supply of hot dogs? i don't think i'd ever want to touch another hot dog.


Is it any worse then eating 59 in 12 minutes? :-b


i wonder how they calculate how many hot dogs to give him. is it based off the pace he set there? ;-)
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Postby dgan » Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:29 pm

It's easier to shoot a 59 by yourself, but try doing it while playing with Tiger on Sunday.

I want to see this guy beat Kobayashi while standing next to him. Until then, I don't think the record makes him a true champ.

In any case, Kobayahsi is a future Hall of Famer...do they have an eating HoF? What type of memorabilia would they hold there? Vomit? An empty plate? A still unopened ketchup bottle?

I love eating contests....so hilarious.
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Postby moonhead » Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:37 pm

dgan wrote:It's easier to shoot a 59 by yourself, but try doing it while playing with Tiger on Sunday.

I want to see this guy beat Kobayashi while standing next to him. Until then, I don't think the record makes him a true champ.

In any case, Kobayahsi is a future Hall of Famer...do they have an eating HoF? What type of memorabilia would they hold there? Vomit? An empty plate? A still unopened ketchup bottle?

I love eating contests....so hilarious.


yeah i put eating contests right up there with nascar. ridiculous sports that are true testaments to our wasteful and decadent society.
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Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:50 pm

I actually saw this guy once up against Kobyashi a while ago and it was really close, and this was when this guy was just starting. Good for him.
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Postby dgan » Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:02 pm

A Fleshner Fantasy wrote:I actually saw this guy once up against Kobyashi a while ago and it was really close, and this was when this guy was just starting. Good for him.


He's so young, only 22. He has a bright future...


In competitive eating...

Is that something you put on your resume? :-b
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Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:09 pm

dgan wrote:
A Fleshner Fantasy wrote:I actually saw this guy once up against Kobyashi a while ago and it was really close, and this was when this guy was just starting. Good for him.


He's so young, only 22. He has a bright future...


In competitive eating...

Is that something you put on your resume? :-b


Haha, yes sir, I would hire you but the other contestent can eat hot dogs faster than you. Oh well, better luck next time.
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