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It’s weiner war! Major League Eating president calls Kobayashi’s win ‘a farce’ (video)

Jul 4, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT


Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs should be glad that Takeru Kobayashi is around causing trouble for their hot dog eating contest, because he provided the only drama to be had on Monday. Joey Chestnut won the official Coney Island event, downing 62 weiners in 10 minutes, one short of his record. No one else came close … except for Kobayashi, who competed several miles away on the rooftop of a Manhattan bar. Kobayashi polished off 69 hot dogs in the same time, as the official Nathan’s event was broadcast on a big screen next to him. That not only bested Chestnut, but broke the world record by one weenie.

This did not sit well with the Coney Island contingent. From AOL News:

When informed of Kobayashi’s historic performance, Major League Eating president and hot dog contest master of ceremonies George Shea called it a “farce.”

“The champion of the world is crowned in Coney Island. Always has been, always will be,” said Shea. “[Kobayashi] put a tin crown on his head and called himself king.”

Kobayashi, a former Nathan’s champion, has been banned from that event for the past two years for refusing to sign a contract with the governing body, Major League Eating. So this year he decided to have his own contest on the roof of the bar 230 FIFTH, a few miles from Coney Island. The Wall Street Journal, which live-blogged both events, reports that Kobayashi downed 69 hot dogs, although MLE will likely not recognize the feat. In a bit of corporate myopia, ESPN, which broadcast Chestnut’s win, did not mention Kobayashi at all.

From NY1:

Chestnut’s performance topped the 54 weiners he ate last year, but it was still short of his previous world record of 68 hot dogs.

Nevertheless, he was many bites ahead of the second-place winner, Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, who only ate 55 hot dogs and was left with hands completely covered with red ketchup.

The crowded men’s field included three competitors from China, who were dressed in red uniforms bearing the Chinese flag.

So we have a competitive eating cold war on our hands, I guess. Cool. Now someone needs to organize a Chestnut-Kobayashi hot dog showdown pay-per-view and make some real cash.

source: AP

Chestnut Wins 5th Straight Hot Dog Eating Contest [The Wall Street Journal]
Chestnut Eats 62 Hot Dogs To Earn Fifth Nathan’s Mustard Belt [NY1]
July 4, 2011
Takeru Kobayashi at 230 Fifth Eating, Apparently, 69 Weiners [Bob's Blitz]

  1. sasquash20 - Jul 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Chestnut is a bitch!

  2. goforthanddie - Jul 4, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Sad that something as fun as a hot-dog-eating contest has to be ruined by politics. If Chestnut had a set, he’d refuse to compete until Kobayashi was allowed to also.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:52 PM

      I can’t believe I am going to comment on this, but Kobayashi is allowed to participate in the event. He isn’t under contract by the governing association. They would like him to sign a contract, but he for whatever reason will not. It would be like if an out of contract baseball player wanted to take the field but refused to sign the contract binding him to that team.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 4, 2011 at 7:42 PM

        So, I get massive thumbs down for a statement that is factually correct?

      • bradmanagora - Jul 4, 2011 at 10:07 PM

        This is not like baseball at all. He doesn’t want to be under a contract with MLE cause if he did that then he would only be able to participate in MLE competitions. A baseball player signs a contract with a team, but can be traded away totally different. You are getting thumbs down because your post is irrelevant. What you should of said is, Chestnut should stop being a little bitch and admit he lost today.

      • goforthanddie - Jul 4, 2011 at 10:35 PM

        No, massive thumbs down because you’re wrong pinhead. He was banned last year, he was banned this year.
        MLE needs to pull its head out of its arse, and so should you. This is eating, not something that matters. Kobayashi dropped trou today, showed MLE his boulder-sized gonads, told them to start licking, and proved their little contest was a farce.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 5, 2011 at 7:22 AM

        He was banned because he didn’t sign a contract with the promotion. Sign with the promotion, participate in the event. Simple as that. Not sure how that is irrelevant. In fact, that seems to be the most relevant thing anybody on this board has said. The rest of you seem to be content calling out this Chestnut guy. Not sure how that is relevant. So, don’t resort to petty name calling and other nonsense because I disagree with you.

  3. avermaver - Jul 4, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    they do this once a year and there needs to be a contract? Sounds like Kobayashi was ripped off 10k

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 4, 2011 at 7:43 PM

      Apparently there are other events in which those under contract try to eat massive quantities of some some specified food.

      • yumilori - Jul 5, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        But there are also other independent events, especially in Japan. Kobayashi who is from Japan would not be able to participate in them as the MLE contract doesn’t allow this. I can perfectly understand why he doesn’t want to sign it. That contest should be open to anybody who is good enough. Instead they removed Kobayashi’s photo from their wall of fame! That’s the real farce, not Kobayashi’s performance in that manhattan bar

  4. nesuperfan - Jul 4, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Shea called it a “farce.” “The champion of the world is crowned in Coney Island. Always has been, always will be,” said Shea. “[Kobayashi] put a tin crown on his head and called himself king.”

    No Shea, the world champion is the WORLD’S best, regardless of who crowns him. You have turned your contest into a farce by requiring that contract, and excluding one of the two best competitive eaters in the world. Looks like a gold crown to me.

    • soutsidemike - Jul 4, 2011 at 8:35 PM

      Actually the World Champion is crowned by the professional organization he belongs to. The WWE, IBF, MLB or what ever. If I hit 800 gome runs on the sandlot behind my house do I crown myself home run champion of the world?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 4, 2011 at 9:52 PM

        I agree with you. I don’t understand all the fuss. In order to participate in an organization you have to be contractually obliged or a member of said organization.

      • nesuperfan - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:18 AM

        Not the same since you hit home runs against someone. With eating, if you eat more, you ate more. In this case, yesterday, Kobayashi was the best, and it was not even close.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:18 PM

        Yeah, but the circumstances were different. He was on top of a building without the pressure of “the big stage” , who knows if they were regulation hot dogs, and it was an unsanctioned event. I could sit somewhere with a video camera and have random people hold numbers behind me.

      • goforthanddie - Jul 5, 2011 at 3:06 PM

        drmonkeyarmy: The pressure is what makes you go faster. If you have someone next to you slamming dogs, it makes you want to go faster. Kobayashi did it w/ no competition (as did Chestnut, but in a more vaginal way).
        “Regulation hot dogs”?? Good Lord, give it up.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 5, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        That is my point. If everything is not the same, then how could one compare? Bottom line is that if he wanted to participate in the event, he would sign the contract. People can spout out reasons as to why he doesn’t want to, but those are the rules of the governing body. If he wants to start a rival tour that is fine by me. I don’t care about this Chestnut guy and this Japanese guy. I’m just failing to comprehend why the “tour” is to be blamed for the situation. If he wants to be the best eater in the world then sign the damn contract and lets have a competition. I do think that depending on the size and weight of the hot dog that there could be significant differences in the amount consumed. Hence my comment about a regulation hot dog.

  5. lukey2 - Jul 4, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Shea is a world class pussy. Kobayashi is the person most responsible for competitive eating’s popularity. Also, he’s the best at it. Nathan’s nasty hot dogs should be ashamed.

  6. eslaught - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Wow. everyone is arguing over grown men eating phallus shaped food. what has this world come to.

  7. stinkfingers - Jul 5, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    There is a “Major League Eating President”?


  8. jamie54 - Jul 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Bunch of idiot posters. Kobayashi was not in the event, no participation, no record. END OF STORY. If he participated that’s another story. Anybody, anywhere can claim they beat the record, just have a webcam and a bunch of yahoos filming and counting, wow, I have the record. No, it has to be live face-to-face. Anything else is BS like the bunch of losers on here claiming Kobayahi should have the record. Too bad, so sad, losers.

    • bizhop - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:08 AM

      Obviously he wasn’t in the competition but the record do stand. All you need is a documented attempt with witnesses and that is exactly what happened. He didn’t do the challenge in his room with bunches of yahoos. He did it in public and got it on film. The record will not be recognize by MLE but the Guinness World Records will. Atleast I believed GWR will or should.

      Dude, if Kobay signed the contract he cannot make an appearance/participate in any other competitions that aren’t organized or promoted by MLE. Kobay makes money doing this for a living. MLE is preventing him and trying to control his in-take(pun?) in essence, Kobay will not be able to make money outside MLE. Chestnut had this very same problem a year or two ago too but he folded.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:24 PM

        Those are the sacrifices if you want to be crowned eating champion of the world. If you can make more money without the promotion that is fine, more power to him. However, then you can’t claim to be the best because you aren’t competing against the best. I see where both parties are coming from on this issue. I don’t see how that could be a world record. I believe that there must be somebody from them in person to witness said event. Furthermore, people may scoff but if that hot dogs were not regulation then how can it be considered a record? Is there any proof that they were the exact same hot dogs used at the Coney Island contest? Was there a hot dog inspector on sight to ensure the integrity of the hot dogs used? These are all questions that need answered. Otherwise, I could make a video of myself eating 70 hot dogs and who is to say that is not the real record.

      • bizhop - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        I have read the back story on this later same day of the wiener wars. The owner of the bar thought of the battle through via stream live video the day Kobay got arrested last year. He called up kobays agent and arranged this for the following year hoping this will also increase his traffic as well as Kobay showing what he can do had MLE didn’t ban him. Now it is no question that the wieners are the same as well as buns. If I read the article correctly, everything was same even the height of the table. I would link the website but can’t seem to find it now. Anywho there were two judges and a lot of people witnessing the feat. Sure he will not be crowned the champ but the record will stand as long as there are PROOFs and that with camera rolling and witnesses are more than needed to validate the 69 dogs. We can all sit at home saying no he did not win nor deserve the king of hotdogs eating contest or vice versa but in the end, we’re both right and wrong unless we’re ME. LOL. I’m not saying he should be champ nor am I saying his 69 deserve to be in the MLE record. All I’m saying is Kobay should not have to sign any contract and because all you need to do is qualify for the entry by winning early competitions and his record of 69 will probably if not most likely be in the WGR.

  9. firerosenthalthebastard - Jul 6, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    Damn I’m from San Jose same as Chestnut so I have to be a big fan but this Kobayashi stuff doesn’t sit well. We gotta let the man go one-on-one with Chestnut to determine the Champion once and for all.
    That guy from Major League Eating sounds like a real blowhard, I think he thinks he’s like a real commissioner or something.