Joey is a Nut : Chestnut Takes the Hot Dog Crown

Posted: July 4, 2011 by mceagle611 in Sports
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The average human eats around 2,000 calories in one day…now imagine eating 20,000 calories in just ten minutes time!

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, 27, did just that on Monday and has been said to have four times the stomach size of the average human and the bite of a police dog; the best part is that he’s only 6 feet tall, 218 pounds. The Professional Competitive Eater won his fifth consecutive Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Title in Coney Island, New York, Monday by consuming 62 dogs and buns. The California native cruised to victory for the second year in a row due to the absence of his nemesis Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi in light of contract disputes with MLE (Major League Eating).

The Chestnut, Kobayashi matchup drew a lot of viewers in 2009 and the show they put on did not disappoint. If you remember, Chestnut broke his previous world-record of 66 hot dogs in just ten minutes by downing 68 dogs, thus taking out the undersized Kobayashi for the third year in a row. Now, after contract disputes, Kobayashi has been absent from the competition stage for two years time; but not absent from the drama. Does anyone remember this occurrence last year?

Now of course this was last year’s news out of New York on the fourth but no one yet knows when the Tsunami will return to attempt to take back the prize of the yellow mustard belt accompanied by ten grand in cash. In this writer’s opinion it’s only entertaining when the two dual – otherwise no one stands a chance. Unless the two are shoveling dogs down their throat simultaneously on the stage in front of the original Nathan’s in Coney Island, then all I need to hear is if Chestnut won. I don’t even want to see the highlights because I know it’s never going to be close without the MLE’s two stars.

Now, if Chestnut defends his title next year with or without the presence of Kobayashi then each MLE star will have obtained six of these Hot Dog eating titles. You better believe that if they are matched up each tied at six a piece then that is must see television. Otherwise the Eating league is a joke to me, mainly because if you walk away from Coney Island a victor you are only $10,000 richer. I’m sorry to break it to all of the professional eaters out there but that is not even enough to live on, so they have to hold another job while they train for these competitions – for example Chestnut is a constructive engineer on the side – which is quite sad if you consider yourself a professional athlete.

So everything about this sport is extremely out of whack, it needs to find its balance and equilibrium once more. No one is going to want to watch Chestnut lap the field with ease – his victory margin was 9 dogs on Monday – unless Kobayashi was destroyed by Jaws. So if the MLE really wants the ratings to be up on the one day a year that professional eating matters then they better figure out this dispute with Kobayashi. If it does not happen I would venture to say that the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest would not matter anymore because it would be a landslide each year until Chestnut retires…so get it done!

  1. Biqq Pete says:

    this guy is a legend

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