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    New Jersey Man Wins Regional Hot Dog Eating Contest

    Man Gobbles Down 22 Hot Dogs in 12 Minutes
    By DANIELA FLORES, Associated Press Writer
    Fri Jun 23, 10:06 PM

    CRANBURY, N.J. - With sweat pouring down his face, a 42-year-old courier from Moonachie methodically gobbled 22 hot dogs in 12 minutes Friday to win a regional hot-eating competition and a slot at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July eating contest in Coney Island, N.Y.

    Pat Philbin, known in the competitive eating circuit as "Pat from Moonachie," beat 12 veterans and newcomers to competitive eating to be crowned the New Jersey Turnpike Regional Hot-Dog Eating Champion at a highway rest area.

    "Eating is a natural thing," said Philbin, who stands 6-feet-2 and weighs 310 pounds. "People want to see how fast you can run, how high you can jump, how much you can eat. It's the evolution of sport."

    Philbin, ranked 20th by the International Federation of Competitive Eaters, which sanctioned the competition, used a simple technique to win: dunking his hot dogs in water before bites.

    While other competitors shoved entire buns into their mouths or swung their heads back to help them swallow, Philbin kept his head down and one fist on the table as he steadily bit into the dogs.

    "It's called hungry and focused. Think, 'Don't puke, don't puke!'" Philbin said of his strategy, which came in handy when a competitor next to him got sick during the contest.

    To train, Philbin said he drinks a gallon of water in three minutes.

    "It expands your stomach and it has a memory of that," said Philbin, who didn't eat for a day before the competition. He planned to eat a light dinner Friday.

    Philbin said the summer heat was tough to overcome during the chow-down, but it didn't slow him enough to let second place winner Allen Goldstein, of Plainview, N.Y., catch up.

    Goldstein, 42, who works in the medical field, ate 20 hot dogs as his wife and coach, Greta, cheered him the whole way.

    "Competitive eating is basically 25 percent stomach capacity, 75 percent mental," said Goldstein, who danced along to pop music while eating.

    A crowd gathered to watch the contestants, including people who made a special trip to watch the contest and travelers who happened to wander by.

    "Gluttony has now become a national sport," said Russ Dodge, a 68-year-old from Salem County who was manning a table for the state Division of Fish and Wildlife during a sidewalk fair at the rest stop. "It's a sign of the times."

    Philbin, who joined the competitive eating circuit last year after winning a radio show's egg nog drinking contest, won a trophy, a year's supply of Nathan's hot dogs and his second trip to the Coney Island finals. He ate 20 hot dogs at that competition last year.

    The finals will feature 15 participants representing the United States and four international competitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver
    Man Gobbles Down 22 Hot Dogs in 12 Minutes
    By DANIELA FLORES, Associated Press Writer
    Fri Jun 23, 10:06 PM

    CRANBURY, N.J. - With sweat pouring down his face, a 42-year-old courier from Moonachie methodically gobbled 22 hot dogs in 12 minutes Friday to win a regional hot-eating competition and a slot at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July eating contest in Coney Island, N.Y.
    22 in 12 minutes? He's got a long way to go before he's competitive with Kobayashi
    Why are homely people discriminated against...we're the majority

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    I thought skinny guys were actually better at this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond_james_bond
    I thought skinny guys were actually better at this?
    We are...you should see me eat...though I seem to be getting less skinny all the time
    Why are homely people discriminated against...we're the majority

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    Kobayashi Wins Bratwurst Eating Contest in Wisconsin


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    My brothers swear that i'd win if i'd enter one of these hotdog-eating contests one of these days.....i wonder what Montreal is waiting for to hold one of these? F1 GP week.....JazzFest.......Francofolies.......GayFest (OutGames).......JustforLaughs.......HotdogFest???? That would be great!!

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    You'd kinda figure that any gay fest would be a shoe-in for finding a champion hot dog eater. I'm surprised that they didn't have that competition at the Out Games, considering that they had country dancing as one of the evernts.

    Kobayashi is an eating machine. The guy would win a pizza eating contest or anything else you could think of. Any gfe lady would do well to beware of this guy...she wouldn't be able to work for days after he got through with her.
    Last edited by Techman; 08-06-2006 at 12:47 AM.

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    Isn't it charming reading about these people who wolf down food in record time? I'm a slow eater.

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