Monday, July 28, 2008

Cherokee Casino in Tulsa with BBQ

1. Bob Shoudt --34.75 $5000
2. Tim Janus --32 $2500
3. Sonya Thomas --29 $1500
4. Hall Hunt --28 $600
5. Rich LeFevre --25.5 $400

I had a great time at the Chrokee Casino. The food from Runt's BBQ was great. I only wish I could have eaten more. Delicious.

Happy Birthday to Sonya! She put in a very spectacular effort on her birthday. They even brought her out a cake which she was excited to see. She even said I could have some when I asked if she was going to eat all of it herself.

Always a pleasure to meet the new eaters to the game too. I don't remember all the names, but I know for a fact Nic Fry and Jason McCormack were two that I met for the first time. Hope to see yall again soon!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

MLE Eater's Poll (Special post July 4th edition)

Top 25 MLE Competitive Eaters

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

1. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut (10) (292) [1]

2. Takeru Kobayashi (1) (279) [4]

3. Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti (1) (257) [2]

4. Tim "Eater-X" Janus (238) [5]

5. Sonya "The Blackwidow" Thomas (233) [7]

6. "Humble" Bob Shoudt (232) [3]

7. Hall "Hoover" Hunt (230) [6]

8. Rich "The Locust" LeFevre (203) [8]

9. Juliet Lee (199) [9]

10. Tim "Gravy" Brown (174) [14]

11. Erik "The Red" Denmark (162) [10]

12. Crazy Legs Conti (144) [11]

13. Juris "Dr. Bigtime" Shibayama (137) [13]

14. "Badlands" Booker (131) [19]

15. Arturo Rios (129) [12]

16. Allem "Shredder" Goldstein (128) [16]

17. Patrick Vandam (125) [17]

18. Pat "Baby Bird" Philbin (121) [18]

19. Micah "Wing Kong" Collins (84) [20]

20. Eric "Steakbellie" Livingston (75) [21]

21. "Nasty" Nate Biller (71) [25]

22. Pete Davekos (69) [NR]

23. "Buffalo" Jim Reeves (65) [24]

24. Russ "The Blackhole" Keeler (63) [23]

25. Kevin Ross (62) [NR]

Also receiving votes: "Beautiful" Brian, Chris Abatsas, Sean Gordon, Paul Barlow, Justin Mih, Rick Petralia, Bubba Yarbrough, US Male, Chip Simpson, Bruce Pobanz, Rich Foley, Joe LaRue, Wild Bill, Mike Fitzgerald, El Toro, and Pat Bruss.

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, Eric "Steakbellie" Livingston, Dave "U.S. Male" Goldstein, "Sweet" Jill Stoler, Erik "The Red" Denmark, Don "Moses" Lerman, "Super" Paul Barlow, Pete Davekos, Tim "Eater-X" Janus, Bruce "The Hangman" Pobanz, and ojrifkin.

***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.***

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Nathan's Final 2008


New York, NY, July 4, 2008 — Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., today won the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating Takeru Kobayashi of Nagano, Japan in a five-dog overtime after both ate 59 Nathan's Famous hot dogs and buns in the 10-minute regulation match.

The two competitors were tied at 59 hot dogs and buns at the end of the 10-minute contest. To settle the contest, Major League Eating officials contest organizers held an overtime round. Chestnut and Kobayashi were each given a plate of five hot dogs and buns. The first one to finish their plate won the contest. Chestnut finished his plate in 50 seconds, seven seconds before Kobayashi."

Gas is approaching $5 a gallon, tomatoes are unsafe to eat, but the Mustard Yellow Belt is on American soil. Joey Chestnut is an agent of change," said Richard Shea of Major League Eating.

The victory comes after the much anticipated rematch of Kobayashi of Japan and American champion Joey Chestnut. Kobayashi sought to regain his title as world eating champion on July 4, 2008, as he competed against Chestnut at the 93rd annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island, NY.

In 2007, the world watched in awe as Joey Chestnut won this classic Independence Day battle, beating six-time champion Kobayashi by eating 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes, and bringing the Mustard Yellow Belt back to American soil for the first time this century.

The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest has been held each year since 1916, according to archives. This year’s contest may have been the most highly anticipated match-up in the event’s storied 93-year history.

“Nothing represents summer and the Fourth of July like the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest,” said Wayne Norbitz, president and COO of Nathan’s Famous.

Official Results:

Joey Chestnut: 59
Takeru Kobayashi: 59
Tim Janus: 42
Pat Bertoletti: 38
Sonya Thomas: 34
Hall Hunt: 30
Bob Shoudt: 30
Juliet Lee: 29
Erik Denmark: 28
Juris Shibayama: 28
Tim Brown: 27
Eric Booker: 25.5
Patrick Vandam: 25
Rich LeFevre: 25
Crazy Legs Conti: 24
Allan Goldstein: 21
Pat Philbin: 19
Nathan Biller: 18.5
Pete Davekos: 18
Arturo Rios: 16
Kevin Ross: 14

(article from

Here is a picture of some of the people from my church who got together at a local restaurant to watch the Nathan's contest on the 4th. Thanks guys! I think Krystals is coming soon to Jacksonville, so get ready!