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Sixty Hot Dogs In 10 Minutes Will Do Wonders On Your Jaw

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It's a sad day in the world of competitive eating — and when isn't it a sad day in the world of competitive eating? — because the Babe Ruth of the ingestion of pig lips and assholes, Takeru Kobayashi, is gonna miss the July 4 Coney Island Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. His injury certainly makes a bit of sense.

In an entry on his blog entitled "Occupational hazard," Kobayashi said: "My jaw refused to fight any more." The injury occurred only a week after the slender 29-year-old started training to win his seventh straight title at the annual July 4 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating event on New York's Coney Island.

"I feel ashamed that I couldn't notice the alarm bells set off by my own body," he said. "But with the goal to win another title with a new record, I couldn't stop my training so close to the competition."

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We suspect he's hearing the Joey Chestnut footsteps a little bit, or at least the gnashing of his teeth and the rumbling of stomach acid. We had initially planned on attending the contest this year; this just became considerably less likely. To quote Alvy Singer, "I think I'm starting to get some feeling back in my jaw."

Well, My July 4 Is Now Ruined [Gheorghe: The Blog]

(UPDATE: There's a chance he'll make it after all!