NATHANS HOT DOG EATING CONTEST
ANALYSIS - PREDICTIONS
Results are in - Joey Chestnut retains his
crown - they went to sudden death and had to have a 5 dog overtime
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There will be plenty of
betting opportunities over the 4th of July Holiday weekend, but they
won't be limited to baseball and NASCAR. No, the event likely to
take center stage is the famous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Odds
have been posted on a couple of the most popular contestants as well
as the field so let's take a look at the odds while we offer our
predictions and analysis as well.
I remember the first time I
heard the name Takeru Kobayashi. It was late at night and I was
surfing the channels on my television. I ended up watching Jay Leno.
Jay is always a funny guy, and he had prepared a short cartoon about
a man named Takeru Kobayashi. The world had been flooded, and
Kobayashi saved the day by dipping hot dogs in the water, and
swallowing it all up. That was my first impression of professional
Takeru Kobayashi is a six time world champion competitive eater. He
is also a member of the International Federation of Competitive
Eating. Kobayashi held the world record for hot dog eating for
nearly six years, and is ranked third overall by International
Federation of Competitive Eating. He has a few training methods, and
techniques for competition. Kobayashi will eat bigger and bigger
amounts of food prior to competition and combines that with some
exercise prior to the competition. This prevents the fat from
impeding his stomach expansion. He also known for shaking his body
during competition. This has been nicknamed the �Kobayashi Shuffle�.
On July 4, Kobayashi will be competing in Nathan�s Hot Dog Eating
Contest. Like all good things in life, you can wager on the event.
If you�re a fan of the Japanese phenom, you can double your money by
wagering on him, as his current odds are 1-1. If your not quite
impressed with Takeru, you could opt for hometown hero, Joey
In 2007 Joey �Jaws� Chestnut snapped Kobayashi�s win streak at 6.
Currently ranked 1st by the International Federation of Competitive
Eating, Chestnut�s ability is quite amazing. I can�t even imagine
being able to eat as much as this guy. Chestnut has a record list
too long to list. Among his record are eating 59 peanut butter
sandwich in 10 minutes. He also ate 7 pounds of chicken wings in
under 12 minutes. Another remarkable record he claims is eating 47
grilled cheese sandwiches in under 10 minutes. This guy must have a
bottomless pit for a stomach. His currents odds are 10-13.
If you decide to go with the field at 3-1, you will get every other
eater. Among those eaters are Sonya Thomas. This 98 pound phenom has
been nicknamed �The Black Widow� for her ability to defeat men four
to five times her size. She is ranked 6th in the world by the
International Federation of Competitive Eating. You will also get
the 2nd ranked Patrick Bertoletti. His list of accomplishments
include eating an entire 16� pizza in 10 minutes, and eating a pound
of chocolate in 7 minutes. Patrick also ate 21 pounds of grits in 10
minutes. How does these people do this?! Another eater included in
the field is Timothy Janus. The 30 year old day trader is shattered
the tamale record by eating 71 in 12 minutes. He was the 2004 rookie
of the year.
Nathan�s Hot Dog Eating Contest will be broadcast live by ESPN at 12
PM EST on July 4. Make sure to get your wagers in. While I am
certainly no expert on food eating contests, I will opt with Takeru
Kobayashi. The 6 time world champion lost last year, and should come
back with renewed vigor this time around. I�ll have a few dollars on
him at even money. Go get �em Kobayashi!!!