Monday, July 4, 2011

Kobayashi Downs Record 69 Hot Dogs To Win Simulcast Eating Competition

On a rooftop bar in mid-town Manhattan, six-time champ Takeru Kobayashi downed a record 69 hot dogs to become the unofficial winner of this year's annual Nathan's hot dog eating competition--only problem was, he was seven miles west of the actual boardwalk event on Coney Island.

With the Empire State Building as a backdrop and a ten-foot high TV screen broadcasting the sanctioned Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Competition in real-time on ESPN , Kobayashi went up against the competitors on the big screen and demolished the rest of the field over the air waves.

You know the new saying:  If you can't beat 'em face-to-face, join 'em via television simulcast. 
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Four-time defending champ, Joey Chestnut, ate 62 hot dogs today and won the authentic competition from the Nathan's at Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Brooklyn, but it was Kobayashi who broke Chestnut's two-year old record of 68 and ate more hot dogs on this Fourth of July.

About 500 Kobayashi supporters crowded the 230 Fifth Avenue rooftop bar and braved overcast skies and dehydration as they cheered for their exiled competitive eating champion.

Kobayashi says he is banned from the Nathan's event due to a two year old contract dispute with Major League Eating which oversees the Nathan's annual event.  A clause in the contract stipulates Kobayashi cannot appear in certain eating competitions and the league would control his endorsements.

Last year in protest, Kobayashi was arrested at the Nathan's event after he climbed over a barrier and stormed the stage of the Nathan's contest.  He spent time in a New York City jail.

230 Fifth's owner, Steven Greenberg, said he approached Kobayashi with the simulcast idea after seeing Kobayashi's arrest last year.

"He [Kobayashi] is a cross between an athlete and a performer," said Greenberg.  "It's entertainment."

Greenberg said Kobayashi was paid for his hot dog eating appearance but said it wasn't an endorsement or promotional fee and wouldn't disclose the amount.

Today, Kobayashi stood alone on a stage with a table, which was measured to an exact height, two members of the New York State Athletic Commission--former-boxers Tyrone "The Harlem Butcher" Jackson and Brian Adams-- who acted as judges.

There was a timer on the table along with five large cups of water and a person to count the hot dogs devoured and flip a tally card.  The huge TV screen to Kobayashi's right dwarfed the smallish eater with a huge appetite.  He never looked at the screen even once.

The pro-Kobayashi crowd cheered loudly as he jumped to any early lead over Chestnut.  It was 36-27 at about the half-way mark and the Japanese eater never slowed down before crushing Chestnut.  Sixty-nine barkers later, Kobayshi held the unofficial title once again.

There was some concern at the end of the contest when some credentialed "spies" for Nathan's said there was confusion and a miscount.  The discretion was cleared up when the flipper/counter explained that they didn't only count hot dogs individually eaten, but also by the tray.  Each tray held five hot dogs and there was four left.  It was a two-step counting system.

After sixty-nine hot dogs and 18 pounds of additional weight, Kobayashi, sporting a blond-streaked mane, leaped to the table after the record was announced.  He shook his fist in triumph and pulled up his tee-shirt, which read "Kobi Unleashed" and puffed out his belly.

"I'm so happy to break the record in front of everyone," he beamed.

Asked if it was harder to compete with no one standing next to him Kobayashi said through a translator, "I compete for myself, I was battling myself today."

In the past, MLE president Richard Shea said the league wouldn't recognize Kobayashi's achievement if he wins.  "It's a farce," said Shea.  "He's not banned, he's just mad he lost three years in a row."

Kobayashi claims he has no hard feelings for the MLE.  He just doesn't want to sign a contract that restricts him.

Kobayashi may not lay claim to Nathan's "Mustard Yellow Belt" like  Chestnut, but he did break his record in public.

I don't know if simulcasting competitions from different venues to the same event is feasible or a wave of the future, but in this case it could set up the match-up everyone wants, Pacquaio vs. Mayweather...I mean Kobayashi vs. Chestnut.

26 comments:

  1. Go Japan!! This dude rocks.........

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  2. I ate 120 at home at the same time. I win!!!!

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  3. I ate 121....with relish

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  4. i ate 122,with relish and drank a six pack

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  5. I ate 2 and was stuffed

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  6. i ate 1 carrot. put my finger down my throat then went out and partied

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  7. No AMERICAN cares about what he did!!

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  8. I ate 75 hot dogs...and 2 beagles

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  9. If you read it and responded to it, then obviously you care. Freakin' white trash.

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  10. I just ate some pussy...does that count?

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  11. I just ate two nuclear bombs...

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  12. A month after earthquake....Japaneses are back on their feet....Five YEARS after katrina....Blacks still need assistance...go figure...

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  13. I ate my girlfriends pussy in my pool while this was going on and she sucked on my weiner ;-)

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  14. It's called hidden oppression dick weed

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  15. I masterbate to ols episodes of full house....those twins were something

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  16. It's so obvious these are special hotdog buns that go down easier. The Jap is a cheater.

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  17. How many ounces of carcinogens were in the 18lbs.? Added with the radiation at home and life expectancy may be curtailed a tad.

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  18. Takeru Kobayashi has become a true americanized DRAMA QUEEN!

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  19. Kobayashi got drunk afterwards and hooked up with a couple hot strippers.

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  20. Iate Mrs Telis pussy and tossed some salad tomake it healthy, does thatcount?

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  21. How ironic; on Independence Day Nathan's stands for no freedom and this guy Kobayashi stands for freedom...

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  22. ^That is a truly ignorant statement. Kobayashi is a sore loser who feels he should be exempted from the rules set forth by the officials of the competition. Every other competitive sport (and I use the term loosely, when this competition is included) has a set of rules that its participants are required to live by, including rules governing endorsements and such. Kobayashi is just a crying bitch. Also, look up irony.

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  23. It's a friggin eating contest; how is that a sport?

    True, Kobayashi may be a crying bitch but he has a point. You have to sign a contract with Major League Eating. Once you sign you are forbidden to enter other non endorsed eating competitions...Perhaps you should look up "independence" and you will understand the "irony."

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  24. I did say I used the term "sports" loosely.

    The point is, his independence was on display when he chose not to sign the contract. The league sets the rules, he either signs the contract and competes, or he doesn't. The league has every right to control their image by adding clauses prohibiting competitors from doing things that they deem harmful to the competition. Even the Miss America pagent has rules dictating what mags and such the winners can appear in and so forth. Kobayashi may have had a point (I stress MAY), but he lost any and all credibility when he crashed the stage last year. If he was exercising his independence, he wouldn't have been arrested.

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  25. He exercised his his independence by not signing the contract. He exercised his independence by crashing the stage. He exercised his independence by finding another way to play this year. Still maintaining his freedom to compete and support himself in other eating competitions regardless...I believe that you are missing the whole point of the earlier post...Enjoy the day!

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  26. go japanese go. America celebrates ID4 by worshiping the British royal. Independence from the Brits and yet worship their queen and King. ?????????????????????????????????

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