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    Arthritic jaw plagues hot dog eating champ

    Six-time winner of Coney Island’s 4th of July competition may not compete

    The competitive eating world is already chewing on this bit of breaking news: The champ may not be able to chomp.
    Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, the six-time champion of the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, may be sidelined for next week’s event by an arthritic jaw.
    Last year, the 165-pound Kobayashi won his sixth straight Yellow Mustard Belt at the Independence Day competition in Coney Island, N.Y., by devouring a then-world record 53¾ frankfurters in 12 minutes.
    That mark was smashed earlier this month by Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., who gobbled up 59½ hot dogs and buns at the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship at the Arizona Mills Mall in suburban Tempe, Ariz., — one of the qualifying events for Coney Island.
    Chestnut nearly beat Kobayashi in 2006, downing 52 hot dogs and buns at the contest, which is sponsored by Nathan’s Famous Inc.
    But Kobayashi, 29, may not be able to defend his title. Earlier this week, he said on his Web site that his “jaw has abandoned the frontline” during his training.
    “Already I can’t open my jaws more than just a little bit,” he wrote. “There’s no pain only if I open my mouth about enough for one finger. More than that is painful and I can’t open it.”
    A specialist diagnosed him with arthritis of the jaw, he wrote.
    “To tell the truth, I’m desperate about healing completely before the July 4 contest,” he said, adding that he had begun receiving treatment at a hospital and from a chiropractor.
    On Tuesday, his United Food Fighters Organization said on his Web site that Kobayashi has found a doctor he can trust and was “creating an environment in which he can dedicate himself to healing.”
    “The contest is coming up soon, and we’d happy if everyone kept him in their thoughts,” the group wrote.


    GO JOEY CHESTNUT.
    Represent the United States America. Who else wants to see Joey Chestnut win the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition say Aye.

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    Re: Arthritic jaw plagues hot dog eating champ

    Ugh, I simply cannot watch these food eating competitions. Gives me a stomach.

    Seriously, I don't know how these people can shove large amounts of usually gross foods down their throats!
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    Re: Arthritic jaw plagues hot dog eating champ

    He doesn't even chew! It just goes down!
    Did any of you see the MTV special on him? He trains like crazy for these contests. After the contest the smell of hot dogs oozes through is pores for about 2 weeks.

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    Re: Arthritic jaw plagues hot dog eating champ

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyfan4 View Post
    GO JOEY CHESTNUT.
    Represent the United States America. Who else wants to see Joey Chestnut win the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition say Aye.
    Although I usually detest these food events the Nathan's Hot Dog competition has been around forever and so we usually check the news to see if an American has taken back the title. Hopefully this year we will do it thanks to Joey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DizDee View Post
    Ugh, I simply cannot watch these food eating competitions. Gives me a stomach.

    Seriously, I don't know how these people can shove large amounts of usually gross foods down their throats!
    My thoughts exactly.
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    Re: Arthritic jaw plagues hot dog eating champ

    That same Jaw injury cost Tracy Lords her career. Sad, sad days in the world of hot dog gobbling. I wish them both well.

    Chad

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    Re: Arthritic jaw plagues hot dog eating champ

    These hot dog eating contests always remind me of the time when I was about 10 and my brother and his best friend had a McDonald's Cheesburger eating contest...it was hilarious! They were oozing Cheeseburgers! Very memorable.

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    Re: Arthritic jaw plagues hot dog eating champ

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    Re: Arthritic jaw plagues hot dog eating champ

    Quote Originally Posted by cal4iri View Post
    After the contest the smell of hot dogs oozes through is pores for about 2 weeks.
    Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

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    Re: Arthritic jaw plagues hot dog eating champ

    Think of the bombs they start dropping a few hours later...
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