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Kobayashi Has Lock Jaw; Unable to Defend Title

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:34 pm

It's times like this that I realize that my problems are nothing compared to the plights of others.
MSNBC.com wrote:TOKYO - 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.
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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.

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Re: Kobayashi Has Lock Jaw; Unable to Defend Title

Postby Snakes Gould » Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:48 pm

sounds like hes scared of joey chestnut >:)
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Re: Kobayashi Has Lock Jaw; Unable to Defend Title

Postby The Artful Dodger » Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:09 pm

You mean the Nathan's folks can't let him sip mashed up hot dogs through a straw to compete this year? What a travesty. ;7
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Re: Kobayashi Has Lock Jaw; Unable to Defend Title

Postby knapplc » Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:39 pm

The Artful Dodger wrote:You mean the Nathan's folks can't let him sip mashed up hot dogs through a straw to compete this year? What a travesty. ;7

That would ruin the integrity of the sport. ;)
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Re: Kobayashi Has Lock Jaw; Unable to Defend Title

Postby mweir145 » Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:54 pm

Snakes Gould wrote:sounds like hes scared of joey chestnut >:)

It certainly looks like it. I guess Kobayashi wasn't as great a champion as we all thought.


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Re: Kobayashi Has Lock Jaw; Unable to Defend Title

Postby TheA'sFatLeadoffMan » Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:56 pm

Didn'the destroy Chestnut last year? Like 15 more hotdogs or so?
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Re: Kobayashi Has Lock Jaw; Unable to Defend Title

Postby Old_Style » Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:58 pm

It's good to see that this title will potentially be coming back to it's rightful home...USA!!! !+)
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Re: Kobayashi Has Lock Jaw; Unable to Defend Title

Postby RyAn 6 HoWaRd » Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:27 pm

TheA'sFatLeadoffMan wrote:Didn'the destroy Chestnut last year? Like 15 more hotdogs or so?


He beat him only by like 3 hot dogs tops, it was probably like 2 1/2 or something like that.

I hope Kobayashi gets healthy cuz i would have liked to see these 2 face off again.
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Re: Kobayashi Has Lock Jaw; Unable to Defend Title

Postby Coppermine » Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:50 pm

He's day-to-day.
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Re: Kobayashi Has Lock Jaw; Unable to Defend Title

Postby Snakes Gould » Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:53 pm

TheA'sFatLeadoffMan wrote:Didn'the destroy Chestnut last year? Like 15 more hotdogs or so?

yeah but chestbut recently beat his record.
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