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.

Kobayashi Reportedly Beat Joey Chestnut by Eating 69 Hot Dogs (Video)

Kobayashi is involved in the holdout of the century after refusing to sign an exclusive deal with Major League Eating. Because of his holdout, he was unable to compete in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island for the second straight year. Last year Kobayashi rushed the stage at Coney Island in protest and ended up jailed. This year he decided to compete with the eaters via satellite TV. Check out Kobayashi downing 69 hot dogs from across town at 230 Fifth in Manhattan:

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Kobayashi reportedly beat competition winner Joey Chestnut by downing 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes (Chestnut won by eating 62). Major League Eating won’t recognize Kobayashi’s accomplishment as a record (Chestnut has the record with 68), but what do you think? Should it be recognized?

Video via Bob’s Blitz

A Hungry Kobayashi Released From Jail

A quick update for those of you who totally forgot about the LeBron James sweepstakes after learning that eating champion Takeru Kobayashi was arrested because he jumped onstage Sunday at the Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest. Kobayashi, also known as “The Tsunami,” was released from jail on Monday. Judging by his statements, Kobayashi seems a bit dumbfounded by his arrest:

I went as a spectator to cheer on my buddies that I used to eat with. Everyone in the crowd kept chanting ‘let him eat, let him eat’. So I jumped onto the stage to prove that I am still the champ, but I was arrested.”

Kobayashi, who according to FOXSports.com was given a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk while in custody, added, “I am very hungry, I wish there were hotdogs in jail.”

To add to the drama, Kobayashi’s attorney, Mario D. Romano, claims that his client was encouraged to jump onstage by none other than a Nathan’s security guard. Romano hopes the charges will be dropped. According to FOXSports.com, Kobayashi has been charged with four counts including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction of property, and trespassing. It seems that what may have appeared to be a publicity stunt at first has turned out to be just a hungry and confused former hotdog eating champion.

Kobayashi released from jail after arrest [FOXSports.com]
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Kobayashi Arrested for Rushing Stage

When most people think of the name Kobayashi, they think of the amazing eater who dominated the Nathan’s Coney Island 4th of July hot dog contest until Joey Chestnut came along. When I think of the name “Kobayashi,” I think of the character from The Usual Suspects first, but the eater guy isn’t bad either. Anyway, Kobayashi didn’t compete in the eating contest this year because of a contract dispute with Major League Eating. Seriously. Kobayashi was holding out because he wants to be free to participate in contests governed by other sanctioning bodies. He was in attendance for the contest but he only watched from the crowd. After the event, Kobayashi tried to rush the stage and wound up getting arrested for trespassing. Check out this video of Takeru Kobayashi arrested for trespassing at the hot dog contest:

The whole thing looked contrived and a little too WWE for me, but it could have been legit for all we know. I’m guessing Kobayashi just isn’t happy about Chestnut taking over his crown as the best competitive eater around. That’s four straight hot dog titles for Chestnut; Kobayashi hasn’t won since 2006.

Video Credit: YouTube user TheUMassBlog