Monday, October 29, 2007

Krystal Square Off IV


(Hoover and Lindsay(my Krystal Bunnette AKA Krystal counter))(Thanks Lindsay for the picture)

(Hoover signing autographs before the contest)(Thanks Lindsay for the picture)

(Hoover's big introduction!)(Thanks Krystal (ie Brad, Kenny, whoever else I have forgotten) for setting up an awesome stage and production))(Thanks Kenny for passing on the picture)

(Me chowing down on some Krystal burgers.)

(Thanks Ryan for the pictures.)

(Here are some big time Krystal Square Off fans that Bob and I ran into in the hotel. They wanted to go to the contest, but were busy Sunday and could not go. So luckily one of their moms was nice enough to drive all of them a few hours from Nashville (I believe) to Chatty the day before the contest just to come to the hotel to get some of the MLE eater's autographs. I am glad they were at least able to do that and get some cool shirts too! That's why I go to contests in the first place. ;o)Just for the cool shirts. )

(Erik the Red standing next to the qualifying poster at Krystals in Chattanooga the night before the contest. All the cool people were there! (j/k, I like to kid. I don't even know what cool is. Plus Lerman was not there. He is cool. He was my inspiration.))

(What is Bob doing? He is a silly man. I hate Bob and his Humbleness. j/k again. My humor is sarcastic and mean. Whatever he was doing I should have been doing. Obviously. He did eat 95 Krystals the next day.)

(Bob giving you the finger. Pointing where he ate a measly 69 Krystals in 8 minutes. His goal was to match Kobayashi's original world record(69) in his qualifier and then match his 2nd world record (97) in the finals. Two away. Too bad. Good try though!)

(Joey. Predicting he will fill that spot on the poster as the CHAMPION. Nice call Joey. And nice shirt. He does like his Krystals like his women. By the dozen. (That's not me saying that. It is his shirt.))

(Yeah! The second person to qualify! I was very excited to be able to qualify so early and to be able to do it in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL was even more exciting. Thanks again to all my friends, family, and fans that showed up in Jacksonville to cheer me on. Also thanks to the Krystal staff at the St. John's Bluff location for cooking up all my burgers and having them ready for me right after work. You guys rock! Please don't call me Steamer Man anymore though. My name is Hoover. j/k, call me whatever you want. Just don't call me jerk.)

(that Patrick he's so hot right now. I think he is signaling Krystals will bring world peace and end world hunger. What a nice guy.)

(Joey is looking at his pie wonering how a normal human could eat so slowly. He thinks to himself..."a normal human would take 5 or 6 minutes to eat this at a minimum. Let me try. Oops, I ate it in one bite. Crap! I hate it when I do that.)

(Liz and the Lee's hanging out at Krystals too. I am glad they came even though Mr. Lee kept trying to pressure me into eating more food (the night before the contest). As Frank from "Old School" says right after getting shot with a dart in the neck, "Y-You're crazy, man. You're crazy. I like you, but you're crazy.")

(Good food, good friends, good times. Good gosh, that sounds cheesy. It's true though.)

(Thank you Kenny and Krystals for the food!)

(You see that Steakbellie!)
(Top 3 being announced live on ESPN.)(left to right: George Shea, Patrick Bertoletti ate 94 for 3rd place, Joey Chestnut ate 103 for 1st place, Krystal Kitty, Bob Shoudt ate 95 for 2nd place)

(left to right: Holly Rowe and Hall Hunt)

(Tim Brown wearing the full Hannibal Lector outfit.)(left to right: Tim Brown and Hall Hunt)

(Rich LeFevre seems to be counting the amount of people he needs to give autographs to. I think he was calculating how many seconds he had to allot to each person so he could get everyone done before the contest started. Unfortunately we did not get to everyone. I think Rich was also daydreaming about the twinkies and cookies in the backstage tent and figuring how many he could fit in his pockets. I have to admit I was thinking about that too. I was wearing cargo pants for a reason afterall.)

(In the background is the line of people waiting for autographs. The people in the foreground are waiting for my autograph. I suppose I was holding up the line and being a little rude while snapping this photo.)

(Super Paul Barlow showed up to cheer us on and to partake in the Krystal celebration.)

(Bertoletti in his new Corvette. What is he doing with his hands?)

(Patrick Bertoletti:Thumbs up!)

(Best buds, but enemies at the table Patrick and Joey pose for a picture at the hotel before heading to the Krystal Championship. (left to right: Patrick Bertoletti and Joey Chestnut)

(Yes Crazy Legs. Those are short shorts.)

(left to right: Hall Hunt and Crazy Legs Conti)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Krystal Square Off IV World Hamburger Eating Championship

The Krystal Square Off IV World Hamburger Eating Championship will air live on ESPN on Sunday, October 28 from 2:30pm-3:00pm. Featuring the world's finest athletes, this is the contest for which the entire world has been waiting.
The Americans have been dominating the sport of Competitive Eating for the past year. The number 1-ranked eater in the world, Joey Chestnut beat Takeru Kobayashi of Japan at the 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, and Pat Bertoletti beat both Joey and Kobayashi in the chicken wing discipline on Spike TV's MLE Chowdown.
Joey and Pat are extremely closely matched at this point with 5 wins to 5 against each other. Bertoletti qualified this year with 85 Krystals, which was a qualifier record until Joey Chestnut trumped him with 87 Krystals on Saturday. Anticipation is extremely high for one or both of them to eat over 100 Krystals at the finals on Oct. 28.
Tim Janus is close behind them with 73 Krystals, and Bob Shoudt qualified with 69. This Square Off will prove to be one of the greatest displays of athleticism and true grit in American history. The thirteen Major League Eaters who have qualified for the ESPN finals have consumed an impressive 727 Krystal hamburgers in 8 minutes.
George Shea, Chairman of Major Leage Eating states, "The Krystal Square off is a milestone for any serious athlete. This contest is without a doubt the highlight of the Fall competitive eating season."

Roster for KSOIV:
Joey Chestnut--87 Krystals, Birmingham, AL
Pat Bertoletti--85 Krystals, Atlanta, GA
Tim Janus--73 Krystals, Memphis, TN
Bob Shoudt--69 Krystals, Nashville, TN
Sonya Thomas--51 Krystals, Chattanooga, TN
Rich LeFevre--51 Krystals, Perry, GA
Chip Simpson--49 Krystals, Knoxville, TN
Hall Hunt--49 Krystals, Jacksonville, FL
Crazy Legs Conti--44 Krystals, Jackson, MS

Erik Denmark--43 Krystals, Memphis, TN
Tim Brown--43 Krystals, Birmingham, AL
Allen Goldstein--42 Krystals, Atlanta, GA
Juliet Lee--41 Krystals, Atlanta, GA
For more information, visit

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Spike TV pictures

Major League Eating - Wedges & Wings - Episode 1 - Full Episode

Posted Oct 18, 2007

From Las Vegas, it's the debut of MLE Chowdown: Wedges & Wings, featuring Takeru Kobayashi's highly anticipated rematch against reigning champion Joey Chestnut.

Here is a link to the Spike TV website with additional information and profiles of all the eaters.:

Thursday, October 04, 2007

MLE EATER'S POLL (October edition)

TOP 25 Ranked Eaters

Rank. Eater's Name (First-place votes) (Points) [Previous Rank]

1. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut (6) (174) [1]

2. Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti (0) (162) [3]

3. Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi (1) (155) [2]

4. "Humble" Bob Shoudt (141) [7]

5. Tim "Eater-X" Janus (140) [4]

6. Chip "The Phenom" Simpson (137) [6]

7. Sonya "The Blackwidow" Thomas (132) [5]

8. Rich "The Locust" LeFevre (128) [8]

9. Hall "Hoover" Hunt (121) [9]

10. Erik "The Red" Denmark (105) [12]

11. Juliet Lee (89) [11]

12. Tim "Gravy" Brown (80) [20]

13. Allen "Shredder" Goldstein (72) [16]

14. Crazy Legs Conti (67) [10]

15. Micah "Wing Kong" Collins (43) [21]

16. Brad "The Lunatic" Sciullo (34) [NR]

17. Pat "From Moonachie" Philbin (32) [14]

18. "Jammin" Joe LaRue (30) [19]

19. Pat Bruss (28) [NR]

20. (tie) Juris "Dr. Bigtime" Shibayama (25) [NR]

20. (tie) Justin Mih (25) [23]

20. (tie) Loren "Bubba" Yarbrough (25) [18]

23. Russ "The Blackhole" Keeler (24) [NR]

24. Kevin Ross (23) [NR]

25. "Nasty" Nate Biller (21) [NR]

Also receiving votes: William "Wild Bill" Myers, "Big" Brian Subich, Jason "The Erbivore" Erb, David "Brickhouse" Braunstein, Marco "Mongo" Marquez, Elizabeth "Rubber Gut" Canady, Seaver "The Achiever" Miller, Larry "The Legend" McNeil, Eric "Steakbellie" Livingston, The Houston Girls, Andrew "Skinnyboy" Lane, Kevin "The Carburetor" Carr, "Krazy" Kevin Lipsitz, "Beautiful" Brian Seiken, Dale "Mouth of the South" Boone, "Super" Paul "Bonebreaker" Barlow, "Buffalo" Jim Reeves

The Eater's Poll Board of Voters is made up of competitive eaters and media that cover the sport. All are involved in participating or following IFOCE/MLE contests. The board for the October edition of the Eater's Poll: Hall "Hoover" Hunt, Don "Moses" Lerman, "Humble" Bob Shoudt, ojrifkin, Liz Kellermeyer, Dave "Mega Munch" Shoffner, and "Nasty" Nate Biller.

***This article and the final totals of the votes does not solely reflect the thoughts or opinions of either Hall "Hoover" Hunt, or anyone else operating this website. All of the rankings and points are a compilation of all the votes from all the previously listed voters above and do not represent any single individuals thoughts or opinions. If you would like to participate in the next month's poll, please feel free to email me at and I will add you to the reminder email list or just send in your votes to the same address at least a week before the end of each month with the subject line specifying what poll you are emailing in reference to.***

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Hall "Hoover" Hunt on SPIKE TV (Oct. 18)

Joey Chestnut and Kobayashi Go Chew-For-Chew in Chicken Wing-Eating on Spike TV

Spike TV's new logo and tagline. (PRNewsFoto/Spike TV)

The World's Top 16 Eaters Step up to the Plate in Las Vegas on October 9
Airs on Spike TV October 18 at 11:00pm ET/PT
NEW YORK, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- With all the intensity of a Yankee-Red
Sox pennant race ... with all the cultural and historical significance of
Ali- Frazier ... with all the tradition of Army-Navy ... and with all the
international ramifications of USA vs. Russia hockey circa 1980 ... Spike
TV and Major League Eating present JOEY CHESTNUT vs. KOBAYASHI (and the
other top eaters in the world) in chicken wing (Buffalo Wild Wings(R)) and
potato wedge consumption in Las Vegas, Tuesday, October 9 from the Fremont
Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.
(Logo: )
This one hour special, MLE Chowdown: Wedges And Wings, will air
Thursday, October 18 at 11:00pm ET/PT on Spike TV.
Joey Chestnut sits atop the competitive eating world following his
seemingly biblical performance on July 4th as he honored his country by
downing a jaw-dropping 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes. Chestnut, eating out of
San Jose, CA., topped his nemesis Kobayashi by 3 dogs and claimed the world
record. Now, he steps up to the plate once again on national television to
go chew for chew with Kobayashi in Buffalo Wild Wings(R) consumption.
Chestnut holds the world record of eating 7.5 lbs. of chicken wings in 12
minutes set this past May.
Joining Chestnut and Kobayashi will be the top Major League Eaters in
the world including Patrick Bertoletti (winner of Spike TV's St. 2007
Patrick's Day Chowdown), Tim "Eater X" Janus, "Humble" Bob Shoudt, Richard
LeFevre, Juliet Lee, and Hall Hunt.
This event marks the second MLE on Spike TV. The first, The St.
Patrick's Day Chowdown, featuring corned beef and cabbage, green donuts,
and jalapenos, drew a robust 739,000 viewers on March 17.
Christopher Martello is vice president, sports & specials, Spike TV.
Scott Fishman is executive in charge of production for Spike TV. David Baer
is executive producer for Shea Baer Productions, which will produce the
Major League Eating(TM) (MLE) is the world body that governs all
stomach- centric sport. There were 100 MLE events in 2006. Major League
Eating was developed by the International Federation of Competitive Eating
(IFOCE), which was established in 1997 by George and Richard Shea, who have
represented Nathan's Famous since 1988 and were responsible for developing
the July 4th International Hot Dog Eating contest into its current form.
Major League Eating produces events in the USA, England, Japan, Germany,
Thailand and Canada.
Spike TV is available in 91.6 million homes and is a division of MTV
Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the
world's leading creators of programming and content across all media