It’s time for another caption contest! I’m going to go with another sports-themed picture this time, because of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. This time I’m using a photo from a sport that’s actually played in the Olympics (unlike last time), although this image is not from one of the Olympic tournaments. Nonetheless, good times can be had by creating your own unique brand of commentary or captions, for all the world to enjoy.
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On July 4th every year, there’s a hot dog eating competition which brings out the world’s best at such things. This year, former world record-holder Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi tied with defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. Get this — they each ate 59 hot dogs (with bun) in 10 minutes.
At this news site, you can watch a video of the competition, but I would advise against it. It might sound neat to discuss this, but it’s not so fun to watch it. Really…
The winner gets a one-year supply of hot dogs from Nathan’s.
Joey Chestnut, wolfing down the hot dogs
Anyway, back to the 2008 competition. I had the misfortune of watching it this year because the people whose house I was at decided to watch it for some reason. The two former champions tied, so we were wondering what should happen. One of us had the idea that they should have a race across a football field, lengthwise, to see who wins. That would be funny to watch them try to run after consuming 59 hot dogs in just 10 minutes. (They’d probably need to censor out the ensuing vomiting.) But instead of this, they had a “dog off” where the one who had 5 more first won.
Also, there were quite a few contestants that weren’t even close. As far as I saw, none of them stopped eating early. I’d think they’d stop the torture if they saw the scoreboard and noticed that they were 10 hot dogs behind already. Why would they keep going? But maybe they wanted to say they did their best.
Regarding the iBlogCup I mentioned last week in a post, there’s some good news and some bad news. So let’s start with the good news : we got the 4th most votes out of the 32 blogs. However, the blog in our “bracket” was one of the three that got more votes than us, so we didn’t advance.
That doesn’t really seem fair, but so it goes. Also, some blogs got 0 votes but got to advance because their competitor got 0 votes, and the one that was nominated first gets to advance in case of a tie. So it’s too bad we weren’t up against one of those! But either way, a few people came to the blog from iBlogCup.com, so hopefully they’ll stick around.
Another thing that doesn’t seem fair is that the blog we were up against in the first round finished 2nd overall in the previous month. But I guess there’s no rules against re-entering, so maybe we will too.
This blog has been nominated to participate in iBlogCup, which is an International Blog Cup Competition. The only way for us to get votes is if you go to their site and vote for Buffet o’ Blog. Here’s the link : April 2008 competition.
You can only vote once per round, and it checks your IP to make sure you aren’t voting multiple times. This round is open from April 1 thru April 7. I would really appreciate it if you’d take a few seconds to go there and vote. There’s no prizes, but it would get us more recognition, which might translate into more regular readers. The more, the merrier. 🙂
[ Edit: I’ve been informed that the vote button doesn’t always show in IE, i.e., Internet Exploder (that is, Internet Explorer). See the pic below for how it should look. Also, note that you have to enter a password at the top of the page for your vote to count. This keeps people from using bots to automatically vote for them. ]
I saw a news article where someone called “Eater X” ate 12 pounds of burritos in 12 minutes. After his victory, he said, “I love Mexican food.” Obviously! He was competing for $3,000 in prize money. He said he prepared for the contest by eating candy the previous day.
That news led me to the Major League Eating website, where I saw a profile for someone who is amazing when it comes to eating, who demolished the hot dog eating record.
Many consider Takeru Kobayashi the most dominant living athlete. His feat on July 4th, 2001, of downing 50 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes doubled the previous record and left entire continents agape with disbelief. Since that fateful day, his gurgitating prowess has gone almost uncontested and his feats have left people shaking their heads. In a televised Japanese contest known as “Weight Crash”, Kobayashi once gained a staggering 27 pounds in 45 minutes.
I wouldn’t consider him the most dominant living athlete — especially after eating like that! — but I must admit that is impressive. I’ve been at a party where some friends had a hot dog eating contest, and I think the winner got to about 8. (I didn’t participate; if only it had been back in my high school days when I still had a metabolism…)
Imagine how big 50 hot dogs with buns would be in a pile — it would be several feet high! Then imagine someone eating all those! That is a LOT of bread to consume at once. I don’t see how someone can do that… it’s like eating is his super power…