Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Takeru Kobayashi is In


Six-time defending champion Takeru Kobayashi, still unable to open his mouth wide enough for a typical teeth cleaning, joined favorite Joey Chestnut at a Tuesday weigh-in before their Fourth of July hot dog eating showdown in Brooklyn's Coney Island neighborhood.

The Japanese title holder declared himself ready to gorge, dismissing suggestions by skeptics that his stiff jaw was nothing more than hot dog head games aimed at rattling world record holder Chestnut.

"I don't care what they think," the 29-year-old said through an interpreter. "I just want to battle tomorrow."

This ought to be a tremendous clash. The Nathan's site is here.

Watch it on ESPN at noon.

Update: In a true yecch-fest, Joey Chestnut set a new world's record with 66 hot dogs consumed -- bettering Kobayashi who ate 'just' 63.

I've also included a picture of personal lifestyle cop Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who wants laws to force you to eat healthy -- and who was also at the contest. Guess that's how puritans have fun.

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