I'm glad to see any press about the upcoming hotdog eating competition at Coney Island. I'm even happier to see so much. Here are the highlights:
Fox News on the battle between Joey Chestnut, last year's winner, and Japanese Takeru Kobayashi, 6-time champion: "a rematch-- wiener-à-wiener at high noon Friday"
Gothamist on a 10-minute contest vs. 12 minutes: "some competitive eaters are finding the new rule hard to swallow"
The Brooklyn Paper on chairman of Major League Eating, George Shea's remarks about the contest's new length:
“It’s like the Constitution,” he added. “Are you a strict constructionist or not?”
Shea was asked whether he was.
“I don’t know,” he said. “What’s a strict constructionist about the Constitution? I’m not sure. But on this, I am a strict constructionist.”
But wait, there's more...
Slate on competitive eating injuries: "But Kobayashi's sore jaw deserves all the attention it's getting and more. It is something new to competitive eating: a true athletic injury."
New York Daily News on strategies for winning: "Always dunk your buns," he said.