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The Miricale That is Kobayashi

By John | July 4, 2008

Some might say Babe Ruth was the greatest athlete in modern history. Others might argue Willie Mays or Hank Aaron. Few hockey fans would dispute Wayne Gretzky. Here in the United States we can often be short sighted about our sports heroes (can you say World Series). Globally there are those that might argue Pele or Maradona as the greatest athletes ever.

However, amidst all the debate there really is only one who owns this special crown of the “greatest”. The “One” who shatters records beyond reasonable possibilities. The “One” who in the face of uncertainty chomps at his competition. This unlikely hero reigns from the rigorous and exhausting sport of “Competitive Eating”. This hero while only standing at a mere 130 pounds is often referred to as the miracle that is Takeru Kobayashi. This giant among men was born in Nagano Japan and is the undisputed king in his respected sport. Yep, Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings may throw a bad-ass cross check and is great at setting up power plays, however; can he eat 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes? In fact in Kobayashi’s rookie debut at the 2001 Nathan’s Coney Island hot dog-eating contest he doubled, yes doubled, the previous record of 25. Even the “Great One” Wayne Gretzky, never doubled Esposito’s total goals in one season. Trust me, the “The Minister of Defense”, Reggie White might have been a horror for quarterbacks but image how you would feel if you were a hot dog when Kobayashi steps up to the table. So hopefully today the earth will get back to normal when Kobayashi re-claims his crown and again he will stand alone as the greatest athlete in the history of all sports.

UPDATE: Say it ain’t so … two years in a row…  Kobayashi looses in a “Speed Dog Eating Overtime”  after tied n regulation at 59 dogs in 10 minutes.  However, he still holds 6 of the last 10 titles and better luck next year.

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2 Responses to “The Miricale That is Kobayashi”

  1. Jack Says:
    July 5th, 2008 at 5:05 am

    How come the speed eating folks are always dead skinny…if I even look at a burger or hotdog I put on a couple pounds never mind eat 59 in 10 minutes. Maybe they have a special dog dimension shifting ability or something. As soon as the dog hits their stomach it is transmuted over into one of the 9 “waste” dimensions we’re supposed to have sitting around not doing much but soak up gravity & dogs.

  2. John Says:
    July 5th, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Same here… sometimes makes you think “If you can’t beat em join me.”