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Handicapping the biggest game on July 4

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In the spirt of July 4, I figured we would have a little fun and preview the biggest game of the day. If you're thinking the Phillies vs. Mets or the Yankees vs. Blue Jays, you're wrong. Of course I'm talking about none other than the epic rematch between Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi. Coney Island, NY will be rocking tomorrow for the Super Bowl of professional eating, the Nathan's hot dog eating contest.

Lets handicap the match. Here are the "Bib sheets" for both participants as presented by Majorleagueeating.com, which is the official homepage for Major League Eating. The sheet indicates which food each contestant holds the current world record for.

I'm going to pick the upset and take Kobayashi over Chestnut. For you gamblers out there we'll say 62-60 Kobayashi. I mean he ate 57 Cow Brains in 15 minutes, so I see no reason he can't eat 62 Hot Dogs in 10 minutes. Just remember you heard it here first, Kobayashi over Chestnut.


Joey Chestnut- Current World Ranking #1

Bib Sheet

16" Pizza: 45 Slices/Famous Famiglia Pizza / 10 Minutes/October 13, 2008

Asparagus: 8.8 pounds Tempura Deep Fried Aspargus Spears/ Stockton Asparagus Fest / 10 minutes/ Apr. 26, 2008

Chicken Wings, 12 minutes: 7.5 lbs Buffalo Chicken Wings / 12 minutes/ May 21, 2007

Chicken Wings, Long form: 182 chicken wings / 30 minutes

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: 47 grilled cheese sandwiches / 10 Minutes/ June 10, 2006

Gyoza: 231 chicken and vegetable gyoza/Los Angeles Nisei Week / 10 minutes/August 23, 2008

Hamburgers: Krystals: 103 Krystal Burgers / 8 minutes/October 28, 2007

Horseshoe Sandwiches: 6 lbs, 5 oz horseshoe sandwiches / 12 minutes

Hot Dogs: 66 Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs and Buns / 12 minutes/ July 4, 2007

Jalapeno Poppers: 118 Jalapeno Poppers/University of Arizona / 10 minutes/April 8, 2006

Kolache Factory Kolaches: 56 Sausage and Cheese Kolaches/Kolache Factory in Houston, TX / 8 Minutes/Sept. 14, 2007

Pizza Hut P'Zones: 4.82 lbs Pizza Hut P'Zones / 6 minutes/July 10, 2007

Pork Ribs: 9.8 pounds pork rib meat/ John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort / 12 minutes/August 27, 2008

Pork, Pulled: 9 Pounds, 6 Ounces Smoked, Pulled Pork/ Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs / 10 Minutes/ Sept. 16, 2006

Pork, Pulled Sandwiches: 45 pulled pork sandwiches / 10 minutes/ Sept. 1, 2007

Takeru Kobayashi- Current World Ranking #3

Bib Sheet

Nagano, Japan

Age: 29

Weight: 160

Brats: 58 Johnsonville Brats / Brat Days / 10 Minutes/ Aug. 5, 2006

Cow Brains: 57 (17.7 pounds) / 15 minutes

Lobster Rolls: 41 Lobster Rolls in Boston challenge / 10 minutes/Sept. 23, 2006

Rice Balls: 20 pounds rice balls / 30 minutes