July 04, 2009

Joey Chestnut Sets New Hot Dog Eating World Record: Joey Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes, breaking his own world record by nine dogs, to retain the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championship today at Coney Island, N.Y. Rival Takeru Kobayashi ate 64 1/2 dogs for second place. On this holiday, the Mustard Belt, the most coveted prize in world gluttony, remains in American hands.

posted by rcade to extreme at 01:09 PM - 8 comments

I like how both guys broke the record in the same race. It's kind of like the McGwire/Sosa race, except with more deliciousness.

posted by dfleming at 01:22 PM on July 04, 2009

Anyone figure out what Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti was doing that made his hands drip red? Either he put ketchup on his dogs -- a weird strategy -- or he bit off one of his fingers by mistake.

posted by rcade at 01:24 PM on July 04, 2009

You know, it's kind of amazing that Eric "Badlands" Booker is the only guy who looks like he eats 50+ hot dogs at a sitting.

Kobayashi looks like a weird David Bowie/Bruce Lee combo. Joey Chesnut looks like this weird, partially-handicapped guy who ran a small cafe in a technology center in my hometown who would occasionally confuse the words "coffee" with "bagel".

posted by dfleming at 02:02 PM on July 04, 2009


posted by jjzucal at 03:59 PM on July 04, 2009

Not a sport. FAIL~!

posted by Drood at 12:32 AM on July 05, 2009

Drood, I totally disagree. You have participants that train, fans that watch, officials that judge the competition holding the athletes to clearly set regulations. It's more of a sport than half of the "sports' in the olympics. Give me this over ice dancing or syncronized swimming any day.

As to both beating the prior record, did anyone test for steroids?

posted by dviking at 01:30 AM on July 05, 2009

This is a dignified sport, it must be noted.

When one of the contestants exceeds his abdominal limit during the competition and has to accept the inevitable consequences, that is officially referred to as a "reversal".

I think they even have decorative pails at the ready, just in case.

Not sure if the pails have any corporate sponsorship logos on them.

posted by beaverboard at 06:22 PM on July 05, 2009

that is officially referred to as a "reversal".

I believe that's what they call it in Quarters as well.

posted by cjets at 11:04 PM on July 05, 2009

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