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June 27, 2007

The Jaw Has Abandoned The Frontline

…I hate it when that happens!

Arthritic jaw could sideline Japanese eating champ

Japanese eating champion Takeru Kobayashi is being treated for an arthritic jaw that could douse his hopes for taking a seventh straight title at the annual Independence Day hot dog eating competition on Coney Island.

Last year, the 165-pound (75-kilogram) champion won his sixth straight Yellow Mustard Belt at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest by devouring a then-world record 53 3/4 frankfurters in 12 minutes.

A California man broke the record earlier this month by chomping down more than 59 franks in 12 minutes.

But earlier this week, Kobayashi, 29, said on his Web site blog that his “jaw has abandoned the frontline” during his training for this year’s July 4 event.

“Already I can’t open my jaws more than just a little bit,” he wrote. “There’s no pain only if I open my mouth about enough for one finger. More than that is painful and I can’t open it.”

A specialist diagnosed him with arthritis of the jaw, he wrote.

Kobayashi, you must compete! The world needs you!

I think I saw this on an episode of Heroes at one point…

Eat the hot dogs, save the world.

Below The Beltway linked with Not Sure If This Qualifies As A Sports Related Injury
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  2. No excuses for Kobayashi. As Dennis Green says, “There’s no room for crybabies.” Bill Parcells has an even better quote when he says “Don’t tell me about the pain, just deliver the d@mn baby!”

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    Comment by eric — July 5, 2007 @ 2:10 am

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