Quotes From the 2010 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Last year, I shared some of the best quotes from the 2009 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Those quotes all came from the 10 minute contest itself. This year, I’m again sharing the most ridiculous quotes. Because I recorded the entire hour-long program, you get to read some of the phenomenal introductions as well.

So, without further ado, assorted quotes from the 2010 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

On six-time champion Kobayashi not competing:

“The official word is that he is at a labor impasse with Major League Eating.”

While demonstrating the massive quantity of food Chestnut consumed during the 2009 contest:

“Here’s the 68 dogs [Chestnut] consumed last year. Not the exact ones, that would be amazing.”

On rookie Ben Monson:

“He won the Rookie of the Year award. First visit to New York City, I understand he’s been going out clubbing every night, trying to put up some Wilt Chamberlain stats of his own.”

Really? A fat joke at the hot dog eating contest?:

“Major League Eating’s growing faster than Kirstie Alley”

From Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas’ introduction:

“Some say she is the absence of beauty, the shadow under the lotus petal. Others are less charitable. They say she is a living sign of the apocalypse, a force of evil who eats with a cloven tongue.

Three-time defending champion Joey Chestnut’s introduction:

“America is a dream born in the minds of its heroes. A fragile reality made possible only by those who understand greatness and the way to achieve it. Before you stands just such a man. His figure is crafted from clay by the fingers of the almighty himself to stand in a position of honor in the permanent collection of the museum of all time…The eater of the free world.”

On Kobayashi, who showed up in the crowd despite being ineligible to compete:

“You know, if you can’t come to terms with Major League Eating, I think you’re going to have to come to terms with yourself.”

On Notorious B.O.B. Bob Shoudt’s “physique”:

“He told me that he’s always been an athlete, says he still does 500 crunches a day. From the looks of things I’d say it’s 200 Nestle, 200 Captain, and 100 Heath bars.”

On the competitors:

“We’re talking people who actually train for this. They work on their gag reflex. They chew gum to strengthen their jaw, right?

“Yeah, and these guys watch tapes. That’s what really proves to me that it’s a sport.”

Joey Chestnut, post-victory, giving the final word on Kobayashi:

“If he was a real man, he’d be on the stage.”

Despite not setting a new world record, Chestnut claimed his fourth title in a row, keeping the mustard-yellow belt in America. Who needs the World Cup when we’re the hot dog eating champions? U-S-A! U-S-A!