Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Down Goes Kobayashi!
Woke up this morning in time to catch the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating competition at 6:30 am. It was a dramatic event, since 6-time reigning champ Takeru Kobayashi came into the competition with rumored jaw soreness. It was a close battle. American hero Joey Chestnut came out early posting a couple of 10-dog minutes early on. He was up by 5 dogs at one point using the Chipmunk method. Kobayashi stayed steady throughout the competition...he looked strong, and any doubt about his status was quickly erased. Kobayashi used a variety of techniques, including the Chipmunk method, his patented shake which clears his throat...he also alternated between separating dog from bun and shoving the whole thing in his mouth. Kobayashi closed in on Chestnut in the last couple of minutes, even pulling ahead by a quarter of a dog at one point. In the end, Chestnut pulled through, and Kobayashi suffered a reversal. Chestnut brought the Mustard Belt back to the good 'ol US of A and set a new world record with 66 dogs! What a way to begin the 4th of July!