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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

PUNCH SHOTS: Nothing patriotic about over-indulgence

Photo: Martin Meissner / AP This Wednesday, June 29, 2011 photo shows former hot-dog-eating champion Takeru Kobayashi during an interview in New York. Notably absent in Monday, July 4, 2011's contest will be Kobayashi, who held the world record for hot

'Tis the season of labor disputes in sports, even in those that barely qualify as sports. For the second straight year, championship eater Takeru Kobayashi is not expected to be on Coney Island in Brooklyn on Monday for

NEW YORK, July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Upon hearing that Takeru Kobayashi, arguably the most legendary competitive eater in history, is not permitted to participate in the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest this year, Jose Cuervo,

But his rival, Takeru Kobayashi, ate 69 during the same period, though it was at different location. Chestnut said he was not concerned with Kobayashi, reports ESPN, noting that records only count in competition. "It wasn'ta competition," he said.

Takeru Kobayashi has regained the title of the world's greatest hot dog eater — but this time it comes with an asterisk.

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