FanDuel - WFBC

June 27, 2007

Japan's all-star speed eater suffers professional injury : A Japanese man who set a world record by wolfing down dozens of hot dogs within minutes has suffered a severe jaw injury due to his rigorous training, making his next title uncertain.

posted by commander cody to other at 12:47 AM - 16 comments

Looks like the field for Nathans is wide open, because Kobayashi's mouth can't be. Or is he just sandbagging?

posted by commander cody at 12:48 AM on June 27

I think he punked out cause his record was broken recently and he thinks he might actually lose this year.

posted by Jackjeckyl at 02:28 AM on June 27

Does this mean that Dick Vitale might develop a larynx injury? That would be heartbreaking.

posted by beaverboard at 03:53 AM on June 27

Severe blow to the sports world.

posted by dyams at 07:00 AM on June 27

I think he punked out cause his record was broken recently and he thinks he might actually lose this year. Really? I think it makes more sense that his jaw hurts. It's been punished. I mean - the guy is saving kids from the flaming hot dog house.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:52 AM on June 27

And I came here expecting a post from the Onion.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 10:34 AM on June 27

I just hope this raises awareness of jaw arthritis. We stood by silently as it ravaged the porn industry, and now it insidiously invades another pillar of American society. How long, O Lord, how long?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:53 AM on June 27

I hope you've emailed Annie Sprinkle and Jeanna Fine, TBH. Seriously, though -- I told Kobayashi a few years ago that someday, the weiners would get even. They always do.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:32 AM on June 27

Not that I want to spend much time mulling this over but shouldn't there be more concern for the man's colon than his sore jaw?

posted by gradys_kitchen at 12:53 PM on June 27

shouldn't there be more concern for the man's colon than his sore jaw? That's what separates this guy from the competition. The colon issue doesn't even come into play. I can't say any more than that or I risk revealing some of his closely held training secrets.

posted by beaverboard at 01:45 PM on June 27

Gives new meaning to TMJ....The Malfunctioning Jaw. Is his nickname "Cool Hand Ruke"?

posted by jazzdog at 02:29 PM on June 27

Fun Fact: Other professions affected by the ravages of Jaw Arthritis in addition to competitive eaters and professional felatists(?) are: telemarketers, chewing gum testers, the horn section from Tower of Power, on air talent from "E" entertainment television, and Mark Cuban.

posted by THX-1138 at 04:37 PM on June 27

I just hope this raises awareness of jaw arthritis. We stood by silently as it ravaged the porn industry, and now it insidiously invades another pillar of American society. How long, O Lord, how long? ROTFLMAO!

posted by commander cody at 06:06 PM on June 27

Not that I want to spend much time mulling this over but shouldn't there be more concern for the man's colon than his sore jaw? Don't know about you but I sure as hell ain't going to be 'mulling over' Kobayashi's colon but by all means, if you're that interested, go for broke.

posted by BornIcon at 09:24 AM on June 28

The colon issue doesn't even come into play. You know they've got some cheese eating contest up in Wisconsin this summer. Even if you win your "reward" has to be diminished the next day.

posted by YukonGold at 11:28 AM on June 28

Kobayashi is a great talent and I hope he is able to answer the bell for the contest. If not, the organizers have already earmarked Mike Tyson as a replacement. Tyson even claims he could win if they change the event from hot dogs to corn. The level of effort is always high in these events - one can always count on these competitors busting a gut every time they go out there.

posted by longgreenline at 01:42 AM on June 29

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