2017 Norfolk Harborfest Nathan’s qualifier

update Darron Breeden has a video

The Virginian Pilot has a contest report

Official results
More results
1) Darron Breeden 38
2) Josh Peters 16
3) Michael Deitz 12
?) Danny Meyers 5
?) Tias Schuster 5

1W) Deborah Bethea 6.5

Darron Breeden has won with 38 hot dogs. George Shea claimed it was a record (Sonya Thomas retains the top Norfoik qualifier total of 38.5)

Darron Breeden and Michael Dietz are expected to compete.

Comments (65)


  1. yolo said

    June 11, 2017 @ 1:31 pm

    D going to kill this mutha fukin shit naw mean?

  2. anonymous said

    June 11, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

    Darron set a new record with 38 hot dogs!

    He also just released his South Side 6 video, where he dominated the challenge:


  3. Anonymous said

    June 11, 2017 @ 2:36 pm

    What’s the new record? Most HDB in a qualifier at this location?

  4. Anonymous said

    June 11, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

    And somewhere right now Wayney The Walrus Algenio is stuffing his face full of KFC for YouTube views wishing he could eat half that

  5. anonymous said

    June 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

    Why do they call Wayne a walrus?

  6. CarboPukie said (Registered May 30, 2017)

    June 11, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

    My daddy’s coach is called walrus cuz he’s big as one. He did teach my dad to use the word Massive before everything to make it seem bigger though. Like massive 4lb pancake, or massive salad, or MASSIVE Walrus

  7. Anonymous said

    June 11, 2017 @ 11:41 pm

    Why are you so nasty to Wayne and Dan?

  8. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 12:00 am

    This doesn’t seem uncommon. How difficult is it to keep the records straight? Anyway, great performance.

  9. Not a record said

    June 12, 2017 @ 12:55 am

    You were beat by a girl. No record.

  10. anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 6:45 am

    These morons when they hit 50 and up they will either die or be diagnosed with heart disease diabetes cancer or other fatal illness Eat yourself to death morons.

  11. anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 8:53 am

    woman contest is a joke. They should ban it altogether and just allow Sonya Lesco and Sudo to compete with the men on 4th of July Ridiculous

  12. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 11:19 am

    Qualifying minimums should be raised further. For men it should be 30. For women it should be 20.

    So for men, this year so far these are the only men should be in:

    38 Breeden
    34.5 Salem
    33 Morgan
    30 Hendry
    Bye Chestnut
    Bye Stonie

    Of the remaining qualifier, these 3 will ikely get 30+: Cincotti, Oji, Esper

    If you can’t do 30+ in men or 20+ in women, you should not be on stage.

  13. FBTSPod said (Registered August 20, 2014)

    June 12, 2017 @ 3:35 pm

    @1119 I am legitamatey curious… what do you Fink is gained by having less people on stage?

    I guess a case could be made that less travel packages could mean more prize money. Besides that, I don’t see an disadvantage to having more people up there.

    I personally love seeing the different personalities pop up on the Road To Coney. Even if they don’t give Joey a legitimate run, it is still fun to see the cast of characters.

  14. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 3:52 pm


    Mic drop. Well said.

  15. Cut the Dead Weight said

    June 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

    The more people on stage, the more diluted the event becomes. There’s little or no focus on eaters four or more places beyond the center of the table. I think entrants should be limited to 12 people, for both men and women.

  16. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 4:12 pm

    FBTSPod, 9-10 men on stage are plenty of competitors. And these 9-10 guys noted have the best personality and character. There’s no need for sub 30s, they don’t bring anything to the table. The only exception is Booker, but he is capable of 30+, but you’ll have to ask him why his performance is slacking. I bet if you set a min 30, you’ll see an increase in numbers.

    But keeping the bottom so low, we have mediocre performances and eaters barely trying and getting in. If these guys are shooting for the stars, what’s the point?

    I just realized I should have also included Rodriguez, as I believe he’ll also do 30+.

  17. Cut the Dead Weight said

    June 12, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

    Better still, do away with separate men’s and women’s divisions and have one event with no more than 12 to 15 entrants. Make it special to compete on the 4th.

  18. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 5:01 pm

    Without the other people, the “table enders” it would lose appeal, because you would not have the idea of “the average Joe” winning his local qualifier. Remember financially the qialifers are important too. We all may like, watch, and follow CE, but not the average person. They would cheer on their friend in the qualifier, because that’s their, big day, the day they get to win a trophy, the day they get an awesome prize, that gets overlooked, a free all expenses paid trip (over 10/20 HD) and get to be on ESPN, and participate in the Super Bowl of CE

    That why they should not raise the minimums

  19. anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 8:03 pm

    Glad someone agrees with me. Not fair that women get trophies hotel expenses paid for and an envelope of $300 in spending money for eating 12 or 13 hotdogs. How many times has wild bill eaten 14 or 15 dogs and gets nothing in return. Yes 20 minimum for women 25 for men .30 is pushing it Freaking joke women getting in with 7 hot dogs

  20. anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 8:49 pm

    Booker performance slacking? He’s pushing 50 what do you expect? He should have packed it in a long time ago just for health reasons alone and stick to performing rap on stage and CDs

  21. anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 9:03 pm

    8:03pm, you’ve never been to coney. You got the stipend amount wrong, moron.

  22. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 10:15 pm

    Jesus Christ, Michael Deitz is huge. Stop eating! Not a poster child for this sport.

  23. DaGarbageDisposal said (Registered May 5, 2017)

    June 12, 2017 @ 10:40 pm

    Congrats Darron

  24. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2017 @ 11:01 pm

    Has Cincotti even qualified yet?

  25. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 7:21 am

    I hope Carmen shows up in citified so conti doesn’t show up

  26. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    June 13, 2017 @ 7:58 am

    Carmen said he would do a June 18 qualifier on Sunday which is probably Mets since Esper is doing Boston


  27. Carmen said

    June 13, 2017 @ 8:04 am

    Gideon to D.C., Geoff to Boston, Juan to IL, me to queens

  28. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 8:19 am

    Good thats the blocker for conti

  29. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 9:04 am

    Carmen i played deepstacks at Borgata yesterday. 68 players remain 27 get paid With blinds at 2 4 I had 55k left i shoved with QQ but my luck guy to my right who was shoving his Aces with bad kickers all day and winning decides to make me his next victim. He calls my QQ shove with A10 . Thought i was home free till he rivers an Ace. If i won it would have propelled me to at least a min cash . I kicked all the chairs did not wish anyone GL and stormed out like a madman .
    As i was making my way to garage i kept repeating to myself in front of bystanders “Why me ” “why me ” Looking forward to meeting you on Sunday whether i compete or not.

  30. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 9:49 am

    Nice that kids of the new era are willing to make it public as to where they are competing . Well at least some like Carmen. Back in the early days everyone sort of knew where everyone else was competing because there was a friendly bond among the eaters. But after 2005 the qualifying events became secretive only revealed to their eating compadres. Chestnut Simpson Janus Shoudt just to name a few would keep their appearances a secret so they could look out for each other to avoid collusion . . Eaters such as Brian Subich would contact eaters personally via email to find out who is gong where. Others would call the mle office like Goldstein hoping that Kate Westfall would let the cat out of the bag because she knew where everyone was going once they register on the site .

  31. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 9:54 am

    9:49, you have no chance of ever making it in anything you try

  32. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 10:33 am

    thank you for kind words

  33. Anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 10:57 am

    25 should be minimum for men and 20 should be minimum for women. If all the training and practices can’t bring their totals up to those levels; then they don’t belong there. Eaters who can accomplish those numbers without training (Lefevre, Thomas) have become extremely rare and will eventually be left in the dust by eaters who are younger and more eager.

  34. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 11:58 am


    Lefevre also had 30.


    Don’t forget Lee.

  35. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 12:36 pm

    are they going to allow that goya to compete in nathans after she violated the contract by competing in a non sanctioned event?

  36. Carmen said

    June 13, 2017 @ 12:56 pm

    904 wow what a bad beat. I would’ve played the same BUT only because I would’ve concluded (which I’m sure you did as well) that this guy is playing aggressively without much to show for it. Queens to me aren’t my favorite to play, but some situations I guess would play em to put an aggressively player in their place (if I feel like he’d call without much). One of my leaks for sure. But keep in mind I’m not very good at poker – maybe if I put as much time into it as I do this eating thing I’d be at WSOP one day..

    949, I mean if anyone directly asks me where I’m going I’ll tell them. I’m not interested in stepping on anyones toes – to be honest I had planned to leave queens open so that any other NY eaters without the means to travel could go there instead but given my constraints with the program I’m in, I really don’t have too much time to travel.

  37. Anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 1:47 pm

    If Seiken has the balls to show up to the New York city qualifier, and beats Cincotti, I will cut off my own dick and eat it raw in the hot dog bun, livestreamed in the YouTube

  38. Kool as a Kukumber said

    June 13, 2017 @ 2:47 pm

    Killer Kennedy is going to kill some hotdogs in a Koney Kualifier practice run in the Killer Kitchen.

  39. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

    147 sounds like LA Beast

  40. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

    Carmen don’t worry about stepping on anyone toes in Citfield Look at it like when you raise big in poker hand so you can weed out the bad players and isolate just one if there is one that can beat you

  41. CarboPukie said (Registered May 30, 2017)

    June 13, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

    Peeeeeps!!! My dad has green hair now!! This way you can’t tell where his hair starts and the puke ends!!!!!

  42. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    STFU CarboPukie, your shtick is fucking old now

  43. CarboPukie said (Registered May 30, 2017)

    June 13, 2017 @ 8:53 pm

    No it’s not


  44. Kooky Pukie said

    June 13, 2017 @ 9:45 pm

    I’m an internet sensation. Puke a doodle doo!

  45. anonymous said

    June 13, 2017 @ 10:29 pm

    Did anyone notice the females who competed in the norfolk contest ? Obese grandma’s

  46. anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 12:18 pm

    keep a plate over your hot dogs before you eat them with George Shea at the mic. He tends to spit alot when he talks

  47. anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 4:21 pm

    I’ve noticed George Shea taking cups of water from eaters to drink before a contest.

  48. anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 6:25 pm

    How can you not hold in saliva when you eat ? Thank God I don’t sit at his dinner table

  49. anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 7:17 pm

    UPDATE: Darron Breeden has released a video:


  50. anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 7:22 pm

    LOL. From the video, Michael Deitz (12 HDB) and Josh Peters (16 HDB) just stood around in the final minute without eating because they were full.

  51. anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 7:25 pm

    Darron needs to learn to do videos without chewing gum. Kind of disgusting listening to him talking with chewed gum visible.

  52. anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 7:36 pm

    This is a picture of the winners Darron Breeden and Deborah Bethea:


    10:29: You are mean for calling the women “obese grandma’s” [sic].

  53. Anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 9:16 pm

    Fink Beats the Stomach-Mike Sullivan: you are biased. Your radio show depends on interviewing all the qualifiers for Nathan’s. Without it, your podcast would be dead. So of course you want all these newbies and a Women’s Division (see the Mary Bowers podcast for how he supports that).

  54. anon said

    June 15, 2017 @ 9:17 pm

    Speaking of FBTS, does anyone know the opening song they play on their podcast? It’s very catchy; even Mike Sullivan or James Splendore said it himself.

  55. anon said

    June 15, 2017 @ 9:20 pm

    Does James Splendore still live with his parents (or was that Tommy or Girgis?)? Does Kate live with Mike?

  56. anon said

    June 15, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

    Did you know they read eatfeats at the MLE office? On the FBTS podcast with Matt Cohen, Matt said Ryan Nerz initially helped him and even pointed him to eatfeats.

    I also learned from a FBTS podcast with Juan Rodriguez that Juliette Lee always starts to eat when the countdown hits 5 or 6 seconds. At gyoza, she stuffed her cups with them and would won had there not been deductions.

  57. anon said

    June 15, 2017 @ 9:28 pm

    They need to give Kate a microphone since she is hard to hear on the podcasts. Also, they need to regulate the volume somehow. When Mike gets excited, the volume is too loud, or when they play their opening or closing music. And, it is boring as hell when they watch a YouTube video on air and the audience can’t see it, like with Adam Moran.

  58. Anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 9:48 pm

    While we’re on the topic of songs,does anyone know the song playing in the background of this All Pro video at Ian’s Pizza:


  59. Anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 9:52 pm

    9:03: If the $300 amount for Nathan’s spending cash is wrong, what it the correct amount?

  60. Anonymous said

    June 15, 2017 @ 10:09 pm

    9:52, make it to Coney and find out.

  61. oink oink said

    June 17, 2017 @ 9:29 pm

    Inquiring minds would like to know if Seiekn shows up at Citifield will he be ignored by the boys at FBTS like they did when Kobe did his burger challenge a few months ago?

  62. anonymous said

    June 17, 2017 @ 9:32 pm

    I thought Larel mele retired from MLE yet they re ranked her ahead of wild bill

  63. anonymous said

    June 18, 2017 @ 1:42 am

    9:32: Larell is not currently ranked by MLE.

  64. anonymous said

    June 18, 2017 @ 1:43 am

    Daniella Gioia is going to Citifield. Juliette Lee is probably going to Washington, DC.

  65. anonymous said

    June 18, 2017 @ 1:43 am

    What about Bee Jay Alexander? Why was she dropped?

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