If I had to go to jail, I can’t think of anything I’d rather not be famous for than as a world champion hot dog swallower:

Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi was arrested Sunday after attempting to hop on stage following a rival’s win in the 95th annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition.

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut celebrated the Fourth of July by downing 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Moments later, Kobayashi, who did not compete due to contractual issues with Major League Eating, tried to jump on stage wearing a “Free Kobi” shirt, but police arrested him. The 32-year-old eater won the competition six years in a row before Chestnut bested him in 2007.

Free Kobayashi! I might be over-exaggerating, but Kobayashi could go down in history as the Nelson Mandela of professional gluttony-rights activists.

Damn that Major League Eating — wait, there’s an organization called “Major League Eating”?

By the way, I think I came about three hot dogs away from besting Joey Chestnut in my backyard today.


4 Responses to “Free Kobayashi! Hot Dog Eating Champion Arrested”

  1. OK_Loyalist on July 4th, 2010 11:07 pm


    "If I had to go to jail, I can’t think of anything I’d rather not be known as than a world champion hot dog swallower:"

    You got that right !

    Happy Independence Day to All !!!!

    For those that have never heard/seen this … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op9av2hITVw


  2. joed on July 5th, 2010 2:38 am

    Kobi's arrest is a travesty:
    He was charged with trespassing a public event, and then with resisting arrest.
    Get that: he resisted being arrested from trespassing a public event.

    In other words: the charges are 100% ridiculous, making a mockery of all the police stand for, or are supposed to stand for.

    FREE KOBI!!!

  3. Joe Redfield on July 5th, 2010 4:22 pm

    Major League Eating??? I suppose the next step will be 'Major League Projectile Vomiting'. I can hardly wait.

  4. sleep on August 13th, 2010 2:00 am

    Anyone who eats for 'sport' should be thrown in jail.

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