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
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
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