Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Yesterday was a sad day in the world of competitive eating because the Babe Ruth of tube steak consumption, Takeru Kobayashi, announced that he will miss the July 4 Coney Island Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

In an entry on his blog entitled "Occupational hazard," Kobayashi said: "My jaw refused to fight any more." The injury occurred only a week after the slender 29-year-old started training to win his seventh straight title .

"I feel ashamed that I couldn't notice the alarm bells set off by my own body," he said. "But with the goal to win another title with a new record, I couldn't stop my training so close to the competition."

Florida State and Miami are rumored to be recruiting Kobayashi, but no one at either institution knows why.

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