I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. It was definitely eventful, to say the least, particularly in the world of sports. Arguably the wildest moment in sports took place at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York—home of the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut of San Jose, California won his fourth consecutive Mustard Yellow International Belt after demolishing 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes in the blistering heat. While falling short of his world record of 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes, Chestnut’s performance was simply good enough for him to win; nothing dramatic, nothing special. It wasn’t until after the match that the drama unfolded.
While Chestnut was basking in his victory onstage, six-time world champ Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi attempted to rush the stage before being put in a headlock and dragged away by bouncers. He was later arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting arrest. Kobayashi, who was Chestnut’s most threatening opponent by far, was not allowed to enter the contest due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sports.
In result, he watched the contest from the crowd. Although Kobayashi claims he went onstage to prove he’s “still the champ,” spectators perceived his intentions as possibly wanting to throw a punch or two at Chestnut. On top of this, Kobayashi was wearing a black t-shirt that read “Free Kobi,” leading some to speculate that he went to the contest with the underlying purpose of being arrested. Regardless, he was a hell of a time.
Due to such an entertaining display of pride and envy, TGR has decided to award Kobayashi with this week’s “Looker of the Week.” I mean, as Chestnut noted during a post-contest interview, “The Tsunami” should have been out there competing. Seriously, how complex can a contract dispute be for eating food? What an arse. Well, Kobayashi, we have something else for you wear during your next dramatic episode; the “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirt. It’s in the mail, big guy.
As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know. And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.” Cheers!