Sunday, July 04, 2010

Post-"Game" Thread: Little-League Effort

I have never been a fan of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, but when the competition of Joey Chestnut's win (54 dogs in 10 minutes) is overshadowed by former champion's Takeru Kobayashi's arrest, one has to laugh at the new level of ridiculousness:

New York (CNN) -- He didn't compete for the hot dog eating title this year, but he did cause a scene at the contest.

Takeru Kobayashi was arrested at Coney Island after his rival, Joey Chestnut, won the annual Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The six-time champion of the contest was trying to make his way on stage after this year's event, according to a representative for Kobayashi and a New York police officer at the Brooklyn precinct booking desk.

The incident was not a publicity stunt, Maggie James, Kobayashi's spokeswoman, said Sunday night.

"He got excited when people chanted his name after the contest .... so he jumped up on the stage because he wanted his fans to see him and (he thought) maybe they would chant, 'Let him eat,'" James said, referring to a dispute that kept Kobayashi from the table this year.

Kobayashi -- who took home the title every year from 2001 to 2006 -- did not compete because of a contract dispute with Major League Eating. He watched from the stands.

Suuuuuuure, it's not a publicity stunt. That's why man with a goth haircut shows up to incite a riot in the crowd of spectators when he's not even scheduled to compete. Someone get this guy a ticket to Twilight: Eclipse and get him out of here.

photo: Getty Images


Paul said...

Congrats Dodgers. Congrats Neeebs. Congrats Josh on the food coma. Congrats DB on the good wine and beer I am sure you are drinking. Congrats to me on my free Jameson. Congrats on Mr. C making bail before the fireworks start.

Happy Birthday USA. Catch the FB karoke show. A montage of dodger victory songs.

Time to put the coffee rubbed ribs on the gril.

berkowit28 said...

It probably means "not a publicity stunt arranged by the sponsors", the ones he's having a dispute with.

Eric Karros said...

Kobayashi is losing it. I see Lance Armstrong doing the same thing at the Tour de France.

I went to see the contest once, it was nauseating.