And once again a thrill-packed Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest comes to a close with Joey Chestnut winning! The Mustard Belt remains in the U.S. for another year!
It was an amazing contest with Chestnut and Kobayashi tied after regulation time expired. In the first ever 5-dog "Eat Off" tiebreaker, Chestnut came through with an impressive display of speed and chomping prowess. A crestfallen Kobayashi was left speechless and found his defeat hard to swallow. Fortunately there were no controversial "reversals" this year.
Hot Dog bloggers are already speculating that the regulation time change from 12 minutes to 10 may have been a factor. Like a long-distance runner, Kobayashi's pace may have been disrupted by the time change. Chestnut is more of a sprinter in his competitive eating, and thus more able to adjust to contest variances.
She was never a factor. Other than her introduction there was no other mention of her, which is odd because the emcees always make a big deal over "the black widow". But that would have taken away from the hype over Chestnut vs. Kobayashi - the rematch!
I worry more about the soaring grocery pricing than the fuel pricing these days.
There will always be money for hot dogs!
I think Kobayashi was the one who started the thing with eating the meat and then dunking the buns and sucking them down. I sort of wish Nathan's would change the rules and require them to be eaten in the bun. At least it is more dignified to watch.