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(NYPost)   Competitive eating fans will have to factor in a later start time and higher temperatures when handicapping this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest   (nypost.com) divider line 28
    More: Amusing, hot dog eating contest, Joey Chestnut, Takeru Kobayashi, ESPN  
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2012-06-09 03:59:47 PM
This has become my favorite part of the Fourth of July. It's so disgusting, yet I can't turn away.
 
2012-06-09 04:04:49 PM
Dumbest thing on earth.
 
2012-06-09 04:09:37 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: This has become my favorite part of the Fourth of July. It's so disgusting, yet I can't turn away.


fatalvenom: Dumbest thing on earth.


Meh. I'm all for just about anything that draws people to the non-hipster parts of Brooklyn. Not that there aren't good things in the hipster parts of Brooklyn (some great restaurants in particular), but other places need the love too.
 
2012-06-09 04:13:43 PM
I like ketchup on my hot dogs. People who use mustard are posers.
 
2012-06-09 04:19:04 PM
Do people gamble on this? I assume yes, but I've never heard about it if they do.
 
2012-06-09 04:23:42 PM
I imagine if one listened to the soundtrack of the Coney Island Hotdog eating contest with the video off they could imagine themselves in the back room of the Ramrod in the 70s.
 
2012-06-09 04:23:48 PM
Who the f*ck cares?
 
2012-06-09 04:32:31 PM

desertgeek: Who the f*ck cares?


The bathroom attendant?
 
2012-06-09 05:33:06 PM
In a nation of rampant obesity, gluttony contests seem counterproductive.
 
2012-06-09 05:50:03 PM
I happened to be watching TV with my Dad a few years ago, and this came on. He grew up pretty poor during the Depression years, and he was just disgusted by what he was seeing. I had to change the channel, it was about as upset as I had ever seen him. He just couldn't understand how people could waste food like that.

Looking back, I have to agree with him.
 
2012-06-09 05:52:50 PM
and none of the contestants will be under 300 pounds
 
2012-06-09 06:11:40 PM
First world problems.
 
2012-06-09 06:28:50 PM

ontariolightning: and none of the contestants will be under 300 pounds


So you've never seen competitive eating.
 
2012-06-09 06:56:56 PM
It has become a tradition for me to eat while watching Nathan's hot dog eating contest.. seriously. I'm sure that makes me really messed up.
 
2012-06-09 07:04:11 PM

cookiefleck: It has become a tradition for me to eat while watching Nathan's hot dog eating contest.. seriously. I'm sure that makes me really messed up.


I usually miss that competition.I will see highlights,as will my Pop.He agrees with me,
we both crave a ho dog after.Also when I watch Cool Hand Luke,I will tell my Pops its
on.

/start boiling the eggs is all I tell him.
 
2012-06-09 07:30:39 PM

ontariolightning: and none of the contestants will be under 300 pounds


Pretty sure the reigning champ is a tiny Asian fellow.
 
2012-06-09 07:37:50 PM
I think they should fly all the contestants to Sierra Leone, the most starved nation, and have it there. Then the people can kill the contestants.
 
2012-06-09 07:48:10 PM

cookiefleck: It has become a tradition for me to eat while watching Nathan's hot dog eating contest.. seriously. I'm sure that makes me really messed up.


Actually, it seems like it would be pretty fun to try to play along at home.
 
2012-06-09 07:51:03 PM

duffblue: ontariolightning: and none of the contestants will be under 300 pounds

Pretty sure the reigning champ is a tiny Asian fellow.


Scrawny white guy.

Fat keeps the stomach from expanding.
 
2012-06-09 07:55:35 PM
Eating competitions are not athletic events. They are, quite simply, freak shows.
 
2012-06-09 08:12:08 PM
Just imagine the amount these guys must poop the next day.
 
2012-06-09 08:36:41 PM
Is Kobayashi still banned?
 
2012-06-09 09:10:44 PM

RepoManTSM: Is Kobayashi still banned?


Lol him being a weird dude, yeah
 
2012-06-09 09:14:59 PM

RepoManTSM: Is Kobayashi still banned?


He has to buy his own hot dogs if he shows up.
 
2012-06-09 10:18:02 PM
Nanny Bloomberg is allowing such gluttony? Tsk tsk tsk.
 
2012-06-10 06:07:35 AM

nimeye: Just imagine the amount these guys must poop the next day.


They all just enter the 'Competitive Pooping' contest.
 
2012-06-10 07:51:57 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: This has become my favorite part of the Fourth of July. It's so disgusting, yet I can't turn away.


I love it. I just went to Coney Island for the first time last week. Got to Nathan's exactly at noon and it took me and my friend Mike 45 minutes to get to the order window, it was that packed. No clue if that is normal, but it was worth it. I have no clue what they sautee their onions in, but goddamn was it good.

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2012-06-10 09:38:45 AM
Don't go down there. Watch it at home.

I went down with my buddy and his father-in-law. We were told it started at noon. Got there at 11:30 to "get a good spot" and we were about 15 yards from the tables.

Then they start with the "warmups" . A nice, well-meaning series of local acts - a high school dance squad, a church choir, a comedian - for an hour - at noon - on the 4th of july - in NY - and it's 95 degrees and then the announcer comes out and starts a thirty minutes talk-up before the first competitive eater shows up.

All this time, there is a series of elevated platforms between the audience and the stage. It's been empty this whole time, and it fenced off. As it gets closer to the end of the announcer's talk-up, people start stepping onto this elevated platform. Soon, the entire state is obscured and the only people who can see the damn thing are the 'media' up on the platforms. So all of us who provide the 'audience' are basically screwed for the 20 minutes of the contest that actually matter. No jumbotron, no tv screens, no nothing. It was worse than radio.

Two hours. In the sun, after that long-ass ride out to Coney Island. Did we get to see the beach? Ride the rides? No. Why? Because the old man was now suffering from heatstroke because we waited two hours to NOT see the competition.
 
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