"What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?!"
Found out today that Amazon is offering NCAA 12 with a $20 coupon. Include that with their already $3 cheaper price tag and you can pick up the game for $37. Of course, I pre-ordered three weeks ago at Gamestop for the full $60. Only had to trade in 14 games to get there.
Without a doubt, the 4th of July is my favorite holiday. Not only for what it represents, but the great memories that I have collected over the years with friends and family.
Along with the BlackCats and beer, there is an event on this day that ranks at the top of all holiday sporting events. For me, it’s right there with the NFL on Thanksgiving and Shaq v. Kobe on Christmas. I never miss it. It’s the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York.
My guy is Kobayashi. The record-breaking freak from Japan. He won six straight Nathan’s contest from ‘01 though 06’, including doubling the previous world record in 2001.
Most Americans instinctively root for Kobi’s rival, San Jose’s Joey Chestnut. Chestnut showed up a few years back and almost immediately started topping Kobi. Chestnut has the current record with 68 downed dogs in 12 minutes, set in ‘09. It makes Americans proud knowing one of their own has reclaimed glory and victory for our country on our Independence Day. It’s how it should be.
Unless you like a comeback even better. I’ve always rooted for Kobi. He’s cocky, ripped, and believes he’s the best. He brought this contest to life. He’s the sport’s first superstar. He can’t stand that the quiet Chestnut is whooping his ass, and he keeps coming back for more. This contest needs a jolt, and that will come when Kobi takes back what’s his.
However, that might be tough to do. The last couple years things have gotten a little strange over in Coney Island. Last July, Kobi was in a contract dispute with the event organizers, Major League Eating, and showed up anyways on the forth and ended up getting dragged to jail on national television.
This year, Kobi is back…via satellite. The 33-year-old will compete from the roof of 230 FIFTH, a Manhatten bar. He’ll eat the same Nate’s hot dogs, starting and finishing the same time as the real competitors. Even if he wins though, MLE won’t reconize his victory because they still don’t have a contact.
Come Monday, I will be in front of TV rooting hard for Kobi. Hoping he brings back some character and emotion to this contest. It was at it’s best watching Kobi top his own world record year after year. We need it, America. We need a Japanese hot dog eating champion.