Friday, May 30, 2008

Nathan's Hot Dog Qualifiers: Tempe & Kansas City

Sorry I am posting this kind of late. My brain is still thinking it is Thrusday. OK. My quick picks for who is going to eat how many are:

Kansas City:

Erik Denmark - 30
Pat Bruss - 25
Chris Abatsas - 21
Jason Erb - 17
Andrew Lane - 15


Tim Brown - 28
Kevin Ross - 17
El Toro - 14

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Nathan's Hot Dog qualifiers in PA

OK. My quick picks for who is going to eat how many are:

Pittsburg, PA:

Juliet - 30
Wing Kong - 25
Subich - 24
Steakbellie - 20
US Male - 17

Philly, PA:

Bob Shoudt - 34
Keeler - 20
Pete Miernicki - 16
Wild Bill - 15
Married couple - 30 total (This may include a to-go bag)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Nathan's Hot Dogs in Chicago and Hartford

OK. My quick picks for who is going to eat how many are:

Chicago, IL:
Vandam - 30
Brown - 27
Fitzgerald - 24
Abatsas - 20

Hartford, CT:
Rios - 26
Keeler - 25
Davekos - 20
***Update: I just heard Philbin and Shredder may go to. If this is the case I say there is a 4 way tie at 25 HDBs and Davekos gets 20.***
You never know for sure what's going to happen, but I think I should be pretty close. I would normally give the edge to Brown since he has experience, but 30 in 10 will be VERY tough to beat for him. If this rookie Fitzgerald goes here I think he will repeat his amazing debut. I know I only did 14 in my debut. I don't know if Abatsas is going for sure or not, but I am confident he will do the deuce.

I am giving Rios the edge because he has been there and is top notch. I think the 10 minutes is actually better for Rios in this contest and in previous years didn't even use the extra 2 minutes anyhow. I would love to see Keeler hit 25. That would be great for him. We will see what he's got. I am excited to see how well he does. Davekos should do the deuce this year and I am rooting for him to. I think his PR is 19.5 in 12. If this is the case despite the contest length being reduced, I believe he will overcome and hit 20.

Good luck to all!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hoover shirts

Hoover shirts are now for sale at the Hoover Store. The Hoover shirts that were first seen on the Hoover entourage at the 8th Annual Sweet Corn Fiesta in Yesteryear Village in West Palm will now be available to the general public.

Monday, May 12, 2008

New Link to Nathan's Current 2008 Qualifying Totals

A new link called NATHAN'S 2008 has been added to the "Links" section which can be found on the right side of the page. This link will take you to the "Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2008" page which has a current list the people who have qualified for the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2008 and their respective totals.


1. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut -...............66 (12 min.)(Automatically qualified from win in 2007.)
2. Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti - 41 (10 min.)(Minn., MN qualifier. 5/10/08)
3. Rich "The Locust" LeFevre -......31 (10 min.)(Las Vegas, NV qualifier. 5/8/08)
4. Crazy Leg Conti - .........................21.5(12 min.)(Saratoga Springs, NY qualifier. 8/20/07)

Nathan's qualifier Minn., MN

Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti wins Nathan's qualifier in Minn., MN.

1. Pat Bertoletti - 41
2. Patrick Vandam - 30
3. Mike Fitzgerald 23.5

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Nathan's qualifier in Las Vegas, NV

Rich "The Locust" LeFevre wins Nathan's qualifier in Las Vegas, NV.

1. Rich LeFevre - 31
2. Ron Koch - 21
3. Andrew McKirdy - 14
4. El Toro - 12.5
Good luck to all of the Nathan's hot dog eaters in Las Vegas today! So far it sounds like it is going to be Rich LeFevre and Ron Koch. I would think El Toro would be there too since he lives there! Maybe I'm wrong. I know I would be there if I didn't have a few closer to home. Vegas is always a fun place to visit.
Despite my better judgement I think I am going to try and predict not only who will be competing in Las Vegas today, but also how many each is going to eat. So here it goes.
1. Rich LeFevre - 34 HDB

2. Ron Koch - 22 HDB

3. El Toro - 12 HDB

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

MLE Eater's Poll (May Edition)

TOP 25 MLE Competitive Eaters

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

1. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut (10) (248) [1]

2. Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti (238) [2]

3. Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi (236) [3]

4. "Humble" Bob Shoudt (219) [4]

5. Tim "Eater-X" Janus (217) [5]

6. Sonya "The Blackwidow" Thomas (185) [6]

7. Hall "Hoover" Hunt (182) [8]

8. Rich "The Locust" LeFevre (181) [7]

9. Erik "The Red" Denmark (160) [12]

10. Chip "The Phenom" Simpson (153) [9]

11. Juliet Lee (148) [10]

12. Crazy Legs Conti (123) [14]

13. Arturo Rios (108) [17]

14. "Dr. Bigtime" Juris Shibayama (107) [13]

15. Tim "Gravy" Brown (95) [11]

16. Pat "Baby Bird" Philbin (90) [16]

17. Allen "Shredder" Goldstein (80) [15]

18. Russ "The Blackhole" Keeler (65) [19]

19. Micah "Wing Kong" Collins (61) [18]

20. Eric "Steakbellie" Livingston (51) [20]

21. "Beautiful" Brian Seiken (48) [25]

22. Eric "Badlands" Booker (39) [NR]

23. "Mad Greek" Abatsas (30) [21]

24. "Jammin" Joe LaRue (27) [NR]

25. "Super" Paul Barlow (24) [22]

Also receiving votes: Petter "Pretty Boy" Davekos, Kevin "The Carburetor" Carr, "Buffalo" Jim Reeves, Pat Bruss, Jim "Hammer" Hamrick, David "Brickhouse" Braunstein, William "Wild Bill" Myers, "Big" Brian Subich, Mongo Marquez, Pete "Philly Guy" Miernicki, Don "Moses" Lerman, Jason "The Erbivore" Erb, Kevin Ross, Dave "U.S. Male" Goldstein, "The Hangman" Bruce Pobanz, Larry "The Legend" McNeil, "Nasty" Nate Biller, Justin Mih, Ryan Honigman, and Tom Sorenson.

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 this month's edition of the Eater's Poll: Hall "Hoover" Hunt, "Humble" Bob Shoudt, "Super" Paul Barlow, Eric "Steakbellie" Livingston, Dave "U.S. Male" Goldstein, "Sweet" Jill Stoler, ojrifkin, "Big" Brian Subich, Erik "The Red" Denmark, and Bruce "The Hangman" Pobanz.

***This article and the final totals of the votes do 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.***