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Joey Chestnut wishes Kobayashi would come back

Joey-Chestnut-Nathans-Hot-Dog-Eating-ChampionshipThe best hot dog eater in the world misses being challenged. Joey Chestnut has won the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest seven years in a row. The last time Takeru Kobayashi won was in 2006, when he edged out Chestnut by just 1 1/2 hot dogs. Chestnut and Kobayashi had some epic battles for three years after that, but Chestnut hasn’t really been challenged since Kobayashi bowed out.

While not having to compete against Kobayashi makes Chestnut’s job easier, he wishes the Japanese legend would return to give him a push.

“I hope he does (come back),” Chestnut told TMZ earlier this week. “He’s a great competitor and if he learned how to go back to the drawing board after losing instead of just, I don’t know, finding a reason not to eat.

“I miss competing against him.”

Kobayashi has had issues with Major League Eating that have resulted in his decision to not compete in the annual 4th of July contest, but Chestnut seemed to imply that his rival got tired of losing. In recent years, Chestnut has basically been competing against himself and trying to set records.

Maybe those fightin’ words will light a fire under Kobayashi.

Kendall Jones the hunter gets support from Chipper Jones

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Many of you have probably heard of Kendall Jones by now. Jones is a 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader who has been hunting big game in Africa with her father for years. She recently started posting photos of her kills on Facebook, sparking outrage across the globe.

Jones, who grew up on a ranch in Texas, has taken down everything from lions to elephants. She also recently tranquilized a white rhino and claims to have assisted a veterinarian with taking blood samples and administering antibiotics. All of this information is available on Jones’ Facebook page.

In addition to the backlash she has received, Jones has drummed up support from thousands of hunting enthusiasts. On of them is former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones.

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Dancing Marlins fan Jonathan Esponda is a ladies’ man

The dancing Marlins fan who went viral last week has been identified and was even invited out to Marlins Park Tuesday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.

The young boy in question is 9-year-old Jonathan Esponda, who says he learned his dancing skills from his parents at home.

Apparently Esponda was caught on the fan cam after a Phillies-Marlins game last year, but the video was not shared on social media until recently. Esponda was 8 at the time and went nuts after realizing he was on camera. The youngster was tracked down by local Spanish radio station Nuevo Zol 106.7 FM and did an interview with them, which you can see below.

The interview at the top was done by FOX Sports Florida, and reporter Allison Williams says Esponda was a big hit at the park. She also Esponda is a real ladies’ man and was kissing girls’ hands upon meeting them.

Jonathan Esponda kiss

This kid is a natural born star.

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Warren Sapp server Corey D’Agata tells her side of tip story

Warren SappThe woman who served Warren Sapp and received no tip on a $69 bill Tuesday has shared her side of the story, and she thinks she did nothing wrong.

The server in question, Corey D’Agata, 26, told radio host Andy Slater of 940 WINZ in Miami what happened (15:30 mark) when she served Sapp at Upper Deck Ale and Sports Grille in Hallandale, Fla.

“We were busy. I walked over to his table. It was him and one other guy and I just said, ‘hey boys, what can I get you to drink?’ and he stopped me right there,” D’agata told Slater. “He said, ‘we’re not boys, I’m a man.’ So then I called him ‘sugar’ and ‘honey.’ ”

Corey then responded to Sapp’s claims that the service was the worst.

“His service was not horrible. My manager even came over and she put more ice in his bucket because it was very hot outside. So his service was not horrible. He never complained.”

Corey says she did not know the person she was serving was Sapp until some other customers who were waiting on the table pointed it out to her. When she ran the credit card, she saw that the name matched.

Corey also did not take the blame for the receipt going viral. Instead, she blamed her sister for posting the bill on Facebook. After it was shared on Facebook, it made its way onto Twitter and went viral from there. She sent her sister the receipt because she says she typically shares stories of her celebrity encounters at the sports bar with her sister, who lives in New Jersey.

Luckily for Corey, it sounds like her boss is supporting her.

The sports bar owner says Corey will not get fired and that he’s “never had a complaint” about her. He says it’s her first offense of the whole year.

Jimmy Kimmel catches people lying about Landon Donovan at World Cup (Video)

Landon Donovan Jimmy KimmelThe latest edition of “Lie Witness News” from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC shows people on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles being asked about Landon Donovan’s performance at the World Cup.

Of course, Donovan was notoriously cut by coach Jurgen Klinsmann before the World Cup and was not a member of the US team. The only thing he did in relation to the World Cup was serve as a commentator for ESPN.

Those being interviewed apparently missed that whole part, because they got him confused with Clint Dempsey, Luis Suarez, and who knows who else. Enjoy the great video.

H/T The Big Buzz

Robin Lopez takes picture with his twin brother

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After years of everyone having fun at Robin Lopez’s expense, mocking him for looking like Sideshow Bob from “The Simpsons,” Lopez finally made the magic happen.

Lopez posted the above photo of him posing in front of a photo of Sideshow Bob, along with a great caption:

“Robert Terwilliger and yours truly #SideshowToSideshow #ILoveYouKelseyGrammer.”

How can you not love it? And how can you not love Lopez calling Sideshow Bob by his full name Robert Terwilliger?

Oh, and because we know how some of you are, yes, we fully realize that Robin has a real twin brother, Brook. But that is not of importance in this matter.

Photo: Instagram/Gustogummi88
H/T SB Nation

Dancing Miami Marlins fan returns, with less moves (Video)

The Miami Marlins realized that Giancarlo Stanton and his 500-foot home runs are not enough to draw crowds to the stadium, so they decided to turn to what’s undeniably baseball’s greatest attraction: dancing Marlins kid.

The same kid who captured the internet’s attention last week when his crazy dance moves went viral was at Tuesday’s home game against the Phillies. He was apparently with some guy named Dancing Tony:

Marlins Dancing Kid even got some time on camera with FOX Sports Florida:

I dunno, I kinda feel like Dancing Kid was shown up by Dancing Tony and his knee-switching move:

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Dancing Tony BROUGHT IT.