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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 04:48 PM
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Arthritic jaw plagues hot dog eating champ
Six-time winner of Coney Island’s 4th of July competition may not compete


TOKYO - The competitive eating world is already chewing on this bit of breaking news: The champ may not be able to chomp.

Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, the six-time champion of the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, may be sidelined for next week’s event by an arthritic jaw.



Last year, the 165-pound Kobayashi won his sixth straight Yellow Mustard Belt at the Independence Day competition in Coney Island, N.Y., by devouring a then-world record 53¾ frankfurters in 12 minutes.

That mark was smashed earlier this month by Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., who gobbled up 59½ hot dogs and buns at the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship at the Arizona Mills Mall in suburban Tempe, Ariz., — one of the qualifying events for Coney Island.

Chestnut nearly beat Kobayashi in 2006, downing 52 hot dogs and buns at the contest, which is sponsored by Nathan’s Famous Inc.

But Kobayashi, 29, may not be able to defend his title. Earlier this week, he said on his Web site that his “jaw has abandoned the frontline” during his training.

“Already I can’t open my jaws more than just a little bit,” he wrote. “There’s no pain only if I open my mouth about enough for one finger. More than that is painful and I can’t open it.”

A specialist diagnosed him with arthritis of the jaw, he wrote.

“To tell the truth, I’m desperate about healing completely before the July 4 contest,” he said, adding that he had begun receiving treatment at a hospital and from a chiropractor.

On Tuesday, his United Food Fighters Organization said on his Web site that Kobayashi has found a doctor he can trust and was “creating an environment in which he can dedicate himself to healing.”

“The contest is coming up soon, and we’d happy if everyone kept him in their thoughts,” the group wrote.


 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 05:05 PM
wow this almost sounds like a joke...I just can't take the guy or "sport" seriously. I'd say its all a waste of time and terrible waste of resources/not deserving of press coverage, but I guess as long as people watch and care it is...but it just seems so stupid and his mustache is hilarious.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 05:10 PM
i find it quite funny.....until i begin to feel

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 05:14 PM
a victory for the fat dudes!!!

hopefully one can snag the title back.

skinny guy's shouldn't even enter these contests, much less win them.

[Edited on 6/26/2007 by Brucebcd]

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 05:37 PM
It's a fake injury. He's just dogging it.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 05:38 PM
Just to show how "Seriously" I take this "Sport".... I hear the name Koayashi and I think of Kevin Spacey in the Movie ~ Usual Suspects~...

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 05:53 PM
I am saddned by the champs jaw condition.
Could be psyche, but not likely. If it is, he's working on the mind of a Chinese girl that can really down the weiners. She's stiff competition. I look forward to these results every year.

GO KOBAYASHI...take the needle and the crown once again. One for the team !

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 05:56 PM
I smell a steroid scandal!!!!

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 06:10 PM
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I smell a steroid scandal!!!!
LMAO!!!

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 06:16 PM
I thought that maybe an unchewed hot dog got caught in his bung hole
 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 06:23 PM
I saw a tv show on competetive eating, and he was one of the featured people. Apparently he makes his living eating competetively, and has won many prizes doing such. So I wonder if it is time for consider a new career?

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 06:32 PM
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I saw a tv show on competetive eating, and he was one of the featured people.


Who are the reigning mayonase and butter eating champions ?

[Edited on 6/26/2007 by Haisija]

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 06:57 PM
I thought this thread was about the Kobayashi Maru excercise from the Star Trek Movie...

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 07:48 PM
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Who are the reigning mayonase and butter eating champions ?


Paula Deen

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 08:27 PM
Aw come on! Leave Paula out of this! hahahaa She is a sweet lady and a great cook (even if she loves butter and mayo)

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 08:49 PM
I am a heavy man myself, but I can't watch those eating contests without almost throwing up. The thought of eating that much in one sitting would be like having three Thanksgivings in one sitting and everyone knows what you feel like after one Thanksgiving dinner. Loosen the belt buckles.

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 09:22 PM
well speaking of chow time

any of you texans gone after that big steak, that if you finish in an hour, it's free?

i don't know the name of the restaurant, somewhere in TX. but it's one big steak. like a whole cow almost.

doesn't look that hard to do, but i guess it must be.

72 oz. ???

damn, would be a real bitch if you ate the whole thing, except for one bite, and still had to pay for it.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 10:13 PM
72 oz I can do, but in one hour would be the problem....if its sirloin, forget it...gotta be ribeye. I did a 48 ouncer on Marco Island at some joint called the Sandbar...no probnlem, was so tastey I coulda done another one. Did it over 2 and 1/2 hours though.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2007 at 12:00 AM
that's a great sign.

read the rules on one of those 72 oz. in one hour deals.

seems you have to eat the baked potato and roll and salad as well.

still possible i guess, if you're watching your calories, you could always order lite beer with it.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2007 at 11:05 AM
Here is a link for you all to enjoy:
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/TXAMAsteak.html

 
 


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