Friday, July 04, 2008

Great Eating on the 4th

No better way to celebrate the independence of America than doing something that we are really, really good at - The Nathans Hot Dog Eating Competition!

Today is an epic matchup - Kobayashi vs. Chestnut - for the rights to the Mustard Belt. Already there is controversy over the shortening of the contest from 12 minutes to 10 minutes. Will that make a difference to these athletes?

Kobayashi was the 6-time champion until he was upset last year by local boy, Chestnut, so this year is a GRUDGE MATCH

The competitive eaters from all over are assembled - some great costuming this year! - and the fun facts about all of the competitors are priceless. In order to ascend the heights of the Nathans contest, you have to prove your intestinal mettle as a champion in some other eating pantheon - today there were brisket eaters, cheese fry specialists, sushi specialists, and hard-boiled egg eaters.

I'm thinking that maybe I could start training for such a thing, dad... maybe starting with some tasty beef heart perhaps?

I'm studying the great Kobayashi's technique as I chew myself...

Ready for the next one dad... keep 'em coming!

Maybe some decorative face paint will improve my chances like this guy?

I noticed that all the competitors have a technique of eating and drinking at the same time, so I head over to my Drinkwell so that I can eat more...

In the end it was HISTORIC - never in the Nathans history has there been a TIE!!! 59 dogs in 10 minutes! So they had to have a DOG OFF (don't worry doggies, it's not what you're thinking...) where they had to go head-to-headand whoever ate 5 dogs the fastest would win. IT WAS NAIL BITING...

In the end Chestnut was victorious, so the Mustard Belt stays in the USA! I'm kind of sad for Kobayashi, he's a great competitor with amazing technique (cannonballing those dogs by folding them in half, genius!) as he's had some injuries (jaw-thritis), but I'm happy to hear that he will stay in competitive eating and be back next year!!!



To Aire is Divine


Maggie & Mitch said...

We'd be happy with just ONE hotdog - just one! But we didn't even get a sniff!
We never knew this kind of thing was televised! Thanks for letting us know the results, Bogie! We wonder how those guys are feeling about now! UGH!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

erin said...

Bogart, I think you'd be a natural at competitive eating! I asked my girl if I could train for something like this and she said NO WAY! She said the only way I'd win is if it was competitive puking. Every time I eat something weird or eat too much, then I throw up. Bummer. I wish I had a stronger tummy because I love eating.

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

BOGART!!! Where the heck is your hot dog?I think you could beat all those guys in a hotdog eating contest!!!

Go Bogart Go!!!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Noah the Airedale said...

Do the contestants have serious stomach problems...heartburn....indigestion
They must have strong constitutions. D thinks she would die if she was a contestant lol.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah xx

Anonymous said...

Hey Bogey,

Is that cat food near the Drinkwell? If so, do you have to battle temptation to prevent yourself from poaching the kitty food?

Inquiring cats want to know!


Miss Kitty

Stanley said...

Personally, I think you have a future as a color commentator in the world of competitive eating... once you retire from the eating itself, of course.

Thanks for the run down on the Nathan's competition. I had NO IDEA there was a Mustard Belt.

Goober love & smooches,