Is the battle of the titans back on? Rumors and stomachs are swirling after eight-time world hot dog eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut revealed that there may be a face-off against disgraced gustatory legend Takeru Kobayashi in the works. Chestnut leaked the news -- albeit before reaching a final deal with Kobi -- Wednesday in an interview with the New York Daily News.
On Thursday, just before America's celebrated July 4th eating contest, Chestnut said he'd be happy to have Kobi back at the Big Table. He backpedalled from confirming there will be a Major League Eating sanctioned event between the two bottomless pits, but agreed he's hungry to get his only true competitor back in the game.
"He was the reason I dove into competitive eating head first," Chestnut told The Huffington Post. "We had a rivalry, me and Kobi. He was my nemesis. I really enjoyed beating him and seeing him in pain, I’m sure he felt the same." In the world of competitive eating, a gut-busting battle between Chestnut and Kobayashi is as sought after as the boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Maywether that materialized earlier this year.
Buns furiously flew in their last matchup in 2009 when Chestnut downed 68 dogs to Kobayashi's 64. To be sure, there are more important matters at hand. Kobi yet again won't enter Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on Saturday. He's been in a prolonged contractual dispute with MLE and will instead eat frankfurters while playing ping pong in a separate event ignored by aficionados and casual spectators.
Happy 4th Weekend, assholes! What better way to jump in to the festivities than with the promise of one of the greatest match ups in the history of all athletics. Ali vs Frazier, Magic vs Bird, McEnroe vs Bjorn, Joey vs Kobi. That's what the history books will read, assuming this thing goes down, which it fucking better because competitive eating needs this.
Honestly, what is Major League Eating's deal? Has anyone watched the hot dog contest since Kobi walked away? I certainly haven't. Competitive eating is all about the star power, it's the only way to reach the people. And I can't imagine that Kobi is asking for too much. I admittedly know absolutely nothing about the dispute and how much he wants but I mean, can you put a price on greatness? No, you can't, so fuck you MLE, these two titans will take this battle in to their own hands for the sake of the people. Which, at the end of the day, what are hot dog eating contests for if not for the people?*
This was really just an excuse blog to say happy America weekend everyone.
* real weird shits, I'd guess.