Why's that you ask? Because there will be no Kobayashi/Chestnut Showdown on Coney Island this year. In what is being described as a "professional injury" (does that make this Ian Snell snafu an "unprofessional injury"?), Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi has suffered a severe jaw injury due to his rigorous training (?). By rigorous training I can only imagine he means stuffing hundreds of hot dogs in his face for days at a time...is it any wonder the guy hurt himself? I almost choked to death the other night putting two Wendy's chicken nuggets in my mouth at once. This guy makes a living downing 53 and 3/4 hot dogs in 12 minutes and yet can't stay healthy. Imagine that.
Kobayashi says he can only open his mouth to make a gap the size of a fingertip after being diagnosed with jaw arthritis (you might recognize this "injury" as a prescribed weight loss technique in Beverly Hills). Had enough of my crack reporting...well why not turn to the man himself...
Oh right, it's in Japanese (nice mimicking of the Nathan's banner Takeru). Well, according to this article, he had this to say:
"My jaw refused to fight any more."
I think that says it all. Rest up Kobayashi...there will be plenty of hot dogs, cow brains and rice balls for you to devour in the future.