Friday, June 30, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
1st - Jed the Jalapeno King Donahue(13) - 19.5 HDB's
2nd - Erik the Red Denmark(26) - 19 HDB's
3rd - Ron Koch(10) - 15 HDB's
Shit. I could leave the post at that honestly, that is how I feel about the contest. Not that I feel I did poorly in the contest, I didn't. Not that I think I fell way below my potetnial at that particular moment, I didn't. Could I have won that contest? Hell ya. San Fransisco was a mess on Saturday morning; there was a stubborn cloud cover that kept the temperature cool, I mean cold. The public crowd was rather small, IFOCE newbie Eddie was the MC for the event - he didn't suck, he did fine, but the flow of the contest was a little broken because it was Eddie's first contest and he clearly does not know that much about competitive eating. He claimed that Ron Koch has eaten 81 pounds of pasta, that I am from Denmark, and he almost started the contest before introducing Jed Donahue. He miss-pronounced the LeFevre's names (who were in attendance) as the LeFleur's.
Anyway, that wasn't a big deal, a more important blunder for the contest was that they used the wrong hot dogs for the event - yes, the wrong hot dogs! The hot dogs they provided were Nathan's skinless hot dogs, which are fatter and shorter than the Nathan's they should have used with the natural casings. Some would say that this could provide an advantage and that the skinless hot dogs are easier to eat but I completely disagree - I consistently could eat more of the Nathan's dogs with casings than the ones without in practices. Besides, I was mentally and physically prepared for the hot dogs with casings, the ones that I trained with the last two weeks that I purchased from Nathan's online store and spent over $150 on in the last two months.
All that being said, Jed and I ate the same hot dogs and he did beat me by a half of a bun. As the contest was winding down, Jed and I were very close - we were neck and neck throughout the contest in fact. I finished my third plate just ahead of Jed with about three minutes left in the contest. I stuggled a bit on hot dog's 16 and 17 and Jed took the lead. With less than 30 seconds left, I was still on 18 and Jed was finishing 19, I prepared myself for a big stuff at the end. I cleared my mouth with one last sip of water with 6 seconds left in the contest and frantically picked everything I could off of my plate and shoved it in my mouth as time expired. With mouth full, I looked down and saw that I had one whole bun left and 1/4 of a hot dog; Jed's plate showed one half hot dog and one half bun - I knew I had lost by a half of a bun. The agony of losing by so little was so painful. I held my head in my hands under the table and stopped chewing what was a losing mouthful, I didn't want to look at the hot dogs or the crowd anymore.
I eventually swallowed what was in my mouth and showed my face again but the pain of the loss is still with me. I want to sincerely thank Rich and Carlene for coming to the contest and cheering for me and everyone else so graciously, they didn't have to come and cheer but not only are they legends at the table they are true fans and loyal friends. Joey Chestnut also helped me through the contest and although I know he could have beaten my total in two and a half minutes, I was inspired by his presence. Congrats on the win Jed. Alright enough shout outs, back to my despair.
Here are some photos that I basterdized from contestant and fan, Mike Wooldridge's Flikr album (Thanks Mike):
Chestnut and I before the contest, I hadn't lost yet...
The beginning moments of the contest I am trying to find a rhythm and not bend over too much
A view of all the competitors, Jed is to my right, Ron to my left, and the crowd on the balcony, which I never noticed were there
Towards the end of the contest things are heating up; Jed is looking over at my plate as Carlene, Joey, and Rich cheer from the crowd
This is what it looks like to lose by a half a bun and to see a dream fade away - dejected, ashamed, lonely, and a mouth full of shit
Monday, June 12, 2006
(IfOCE rankings in paranthesis)
1st - 47 Sandwiches, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut(3)
2nd (tie) - 37, Pat Bertoletti(4)
2nd (tie) - 37, Sonya "the Black Widow" Thomas(2)
4th - 35, Rich "the Locust" LeFevre(5)
5th - 33, Chip "the Phenom" Simpson(11)
6th - 20.5, Ron Koch(10)
7th - 17.5, Erik the Red Denmark(26)
Click Here for video of the contest
Following the PRO contest, Tim "Eater X" Janus(6) took on AFL star Gear Gudmundson at halftime of the AFL Championship XX Skills Challenge at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Here is video from Eater X's dominating performance, winning the 5 minute contest 18 to 6:
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
Sunday, June 04, 2006
IFOCE Rankings in parenthesis:
1st - Rich the Locust LeFevre (5) - 28 HDBs
2nd - Erik the Red Denmark (26) - 19 HDBs
*3rd - Russell the Black Hole Blackwell (NR) - 13 HDBs
*Skinnyboy Andrew Lane (28) may have eaten 14 HDBs for 3rd, but was credited 9
One more hot dog. One more hot dog. One more hot dog. One more hot dog.
Well, one more would have at least given me my first deuce but it would not have won the contest. This was Rich LeFevre's contest to lose as I am not quite ready to get close to 30 HDBs in 12 minutes. I am feeling much more comfortable with hot dogs now and I feel confident that my next attempt will take me over 20, and after that who knows? I only have one more shot this season to reach my goal of making it to Coney on the 4th of July so I will be putting it all on the table, I mean in my stomach, on June 24th in San Francisco.
Read interview's by me and Rich LeFevre about the event on the Digest at Urban Honking.com
There will also be a story with live interviews (by Rich and me) from Arizona channel 3 that should be posted at http://www.azfamily.com on Tuesday or Wednesday.