2015-16 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Circuit category

Interview with Nathan’s contest disruptor

DirectActionEverywhere has an interview with Olivia Mihalcik-Duvall, who admits to disrupting the Nathan’s finals:

What is your favorite or most accomplished moment in activism or other DxE activity?

I would say my most accomplished moment in activism was when I was a part of the group that disrupted the Nathan’s hotdog eating contest. It went pretty much according to our plan and got a lot of media attention.

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A video of the full ESPN broadcast of the 2016 Nathan's finals is available on youtube.
Direct Action Everywhere disrupted yesterday's Hilary Clinton rally in Des Moines to protest her relationship with wholesale club Costco (video) The vegan activist group previously stormed the stage of last month's Nathan's Famous finals and June's Chicago Ribfest eating contest.
milb.com announces that the Brooklyn Cyclones renaming themselves the "Coney Island Franks" on July 3 in honor of Nathan's Famous 100th birthday was awarded minor league baseball Promotion of the Month for July.
Val Bromann has uploaded galleries of the men's and women's 2016 Nathan's finals.
Press of Atlantic City has an article about Carmen Cincotti's third place finish in the men's Nathan's finals.

Direct Action Everywhere video of Nathan’s stage invasion

update Jul 6 Brian Dudzinski has a video talking about the invasion of the left side of the stage. Fake blood was thrown on his food and his & Noelle Morgan’s son was knocked over.

update Jul 5 “Sentiocentrist” admitted throwing blood in this instagram caption. Dan “Big Cat” Katz said he will seek legal action following the admission.

The group Direct Action Everywhere has taken credit for and produced a video of their stage invasion of the Nathan’s finals at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3YViml5lXo. First a woman climbs on stage and throws fake blood on Crazy Legs Conti (Dan “Big Cat” Katz also gets hit). During the commotion, a blonde woman and two males climb on stage. The Daily Mail has an article about the incursion.

Here are some screen captures of the assault (click on images for full size). If have archived the video in case it gets deleted.

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Joey Chestnut retakes title with record 70

update Jul 8 The Guardian has a gallery

The Daily News has an article about the attack. Three protestors, who disguised themselves as fans, were taken in to police custody after taking the stage.

Protesters also apparently tried to jump Crazy Legs Conti near the start of the contest which required police intervention. This is probably the reason for the one hot dog performance.

Dan Katz reports that protesters from PETA knocked over his plates and threw fake blood on him.

The top 8 | 9-16
1 Joey Chestnut 70
2 Matt Stonie 53, 9 less than 2015
3 Carmen Cincotti 42
4 Gideon Oji 38
5 Geoff Esper 37.5
6 Adrian Morgan 36
7T Yasir Salem 31
7T Erik Denmark 31
9 Rich LeFevre 29
10 Marcos Owens 28
11 Juan Rodriguez 27
12 Eric “Badlands” Booker 25
13 Brian Dudzinski 24
14 Steven Schuster 16
15 Dan “Big Cat” Katz 12
16 Crazy Legs Conti 1 (protest performance?)

Joey Chestnut has regained the title with a finals record 70 hot dogs

This will be a big hour for Bay Area sports. Kevin Durant has decided to join the Golden State Warriors and San Joseans Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie should finish top 2 barring a shocking upset.

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Miki Sudo threepeats Nathan’s women’s finals

The top 8 have been announced | 9-15
1 Miki Sudo 38.5
2 Sonya Thomas 35
3T Juliet Lee 27
3T Michelle Lesco 27
5 BeeJay Alexander 17.5
6 Nela Zisser 16.75
7T Meredith Boxberger 15.5
7T Sophia DeVita 15.5
9 Larelle Marie Mele 15
10 Kassie Zapata 13.5
11 Daniella Gioia 12.5
12 Mary Bowers 8.5
13 Noelle Morgan Dudzinski 7.75
14 Hilary Andrews 7
15 Elizabeth Petra 4

Miki Sudo ate 38.5 hot dogs to win the women’s division of the Nathan’s finals for the third year in a row. Sonya Thomas was the runner up with 35.

Hopefully we will get full results promptly since all finishers will receive prizes.

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The Guardian has an interview with Yasir Salem and Nela Zisser.
The Root has a profile of Gideon Oji.
Travel and Leisure has an interview with Hilary Andrews, the female winner of the final Nathan's qualifier held in Washington, DC.
Clayton State Sports has an article about Gideon Oji's return to the Nathan's finals.

Juan Rodriguez accuses Erik Denmark of “Pocket Dog Gate”

On twitter, Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez accuses Erik “The Red Denmark” of “Pocket Dog Gate”. While Carmen Cincotti’s video shows Erik Denmark inserting his hand in his pocket immediately following the Nathan’s Washington, DC qualifier (around the 14:20 mark), it is not 100% clear if he had a hot dog in his hand. Denmark was credited with 32 hot dogs for the contest, which edged out Steve Hendry by one hot dog for the wild card.

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Matt Kiebus has a report and video for BuzzFeed about competing in the Nathan's qualifier at the Mets ballpark last month.
The NY Daily News has a report on yesteray's weigh-in for Nathan's finalists claiming that Sonya Thomas was absent due to an undisclosed illness.
Rich Shea announces that places 6th-15th in the Nathan's finals will pay out $500/$450/$400/$350/$300/$250/$200/$150/$100 for both men and women. The total payout of $45,500 will make it the 2nd most lucrative event in MLE history after the 2009 Krystal Square Off.
The Washington Post's DC Sports Bog has a report on Saturday's Nathan's qualifier in Washington, DC containing an interview with Joey Chestnut.

2016 Nathan’s finalists

Here is a complete list of all people who have qualified or received byes to compete in the 2016 Nathan’s finals. It is possible there will be some no-shows.
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The Brooklyn Paper has an interview with Joey Chestnut, who partially attributes his 2015 Nathan's finals loss to the breakup of his relationship with Neslie Ricasa after their engagement during the 2014 Nathan's finals.

2015-16 Nathan’s qualifiers totals

Here are the personal bests for the past year for people who competed in the 2015-16 Nathan’s qualifier circuit. Steve Hendry did not receive a finals spot despite having the 7th best overall total. Carmen Cincotti’s surprise performance prevented the 2015-16 qualifier circuit from having no 40+ totals for the first time since 2004-5. (The leftmost column does not take ties into account.)

1 2016 Jun 25 1st 42 Carmen Cincotti Washington, DC
2 2016 Apr 30 1st 39 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan Houston, TX
3 2016 Jun 4 1st 34.75 Geoffrey Esper Syracuse, NY
4 2016 Jun 19 1st 33 Yasir Salem Queens, NY
5 2016 Jun 12 1st 33 Gideon Oji Norfolk, VA
6 2016 Jun 25 2nd 32 Erik “The Red” Denmark Washington, DC
7 2016 Jun 12 2nd 31 Steve Hendry Norfolk, VA
8 2016 Apr 23 1st 30 Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Las Vegas, NV
9 2016 Apr 16 1st 29 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez St. Louis, MO
10 2016 Apr 23 1st 28 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco Las Vegas, NV
11 2016 Jun 12 3rd 28 Darron Breeden Norfolk, VA
12 2015 Oct 4 1st 27 Marcos “The Monster” Owens Dover, DE
13 2016 Jun 25 3rd 26 Pablo Martinez Washington, DC
14 2015 Oct 4 2nd 25.5 Brian “Dud Light” Dudzinski Dover, DE
15 2015 Oct 4 1st 24.5 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee Dover, DE
16 2016 Apr 23 4th 24.5 Josh Miller Las Vegas, NV
17 2016 Jun 5 1st 23.75 Eric “Badlands” Booker Long Pond, PA
18 2016 Jun 4 3rd 23.5 “Buffalo” Jim Reeves Syracuse, NY
19 2016 Jun 5 2nd 23.33 Kevin “Qwazy” Ambs Long Pond, PA
20 2015 Oct 21 2nd 23 Ronnie “MegaByte” Hartman Nashville, TN
21 2016 Mar 19 1st 22 Crazy Legs Conti San Antonio, TX
22 2016 Apr 30 2nd 22 Peter Rottman Houston, TX
23 2016 May 28 1st 21.5 Steven Schuster Charlotte, NC
24 2016 Jun 4 1st 21 Meredith Boxberger Syracuse, NY
25 2016 Apr 23 5th 20 Justin Mih Las Vegas, NV
26 2016 Jun 5 3rd 19.5 George Chiger Long Pond, PA
27 2015 Oct 4 3rd 19 Micah “Wing Kong” Collins Dover, DE
28 2016 Apr 16 2nd 19 Matt “Sweet Tooth” Cohen St. Louis, MO
29 2015 Oct 21 3rd 19 Pedram “In Jaws We Trust” Esmaeelzadeh Nashville, TN
30 2016 Apr 30 1st 17 Nela Louise Zisser Houston, TX
31 2016 Mar 19 2nd 16.5 “Nasty” Nathan Biller San Antonio, TX
32 2016 Jun 12 1st 16.5 BeeJay Alexander Norfolk, VA
33 2016 Jun 19 1st 16.5 Sophia Devita Queens, NY
34 2016 May 28 3rd 16 Damien Boykin Charlotte, NC
35 2016 Jun 4 4th 16 Ryan “The Abyss” Siciliano Syracuse, NY
36 2016 Jun 19 2nd 15.25 William “Wild Bill” Myers Queens, NY
37 2016 Jun 4 5th 15 Steven “The Clutch” Dorgo Syracuse, NY
38 2016 Jun 4 2nd 14.5 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele Syracuse, NY
39 2016 Jun 19 2nd 14.5 Daniella Gioia Queens, NY
40 2015 Oct 21 6th 14 Frank “the Kaiser” Wach Nashville, TN
41 2015 Oct 4 5th 14 Jack “Snack Jack” Diamond Dover, DE
42 2016 Jun 19 3rd 13 “Beautiful” Brian Seiken Queens, NY
43 2015 Oct 21 7th 13 Matthew Raible Nashville, TN
44 2016 Jun 4 7th 13 Jesse Kankula Syracuse, NY
45 2016 Jun 5 5th 13 Michael “Big Hoss” Deitz Long Pond, PA
46 2016 Apr 23 2nd 12.5 Carlene LeFevre Las Vegas, NV
47 2016 Apr 16 1st 12 Mary “I Love ‘em HOT!” Bowers St. Louis, MO
48 2016 Mar 19 3rd 12 Clint Scott San Antonio, TX
49 2015 Oct 21 8th 11.5 Stephen Underwood Nashville, TN
50 2016 Mar 19 4th 11 Jeremy Farmer San Antonio, TX
51 2016 Mar 19 1st 11 Kassandra Zapata San Antonio, TX
52 2016 Apr 23 6th 9 Adam Brickman Las Vegas, NV
53 2016 Apr 23 6th 9 Eric Wyrowski Las Vegas, NV
54 2016 Jun 25 1st 9 Hilary Andrews Washington, DC
55 2015 Oct 21 9th 8 Alex “Moose” Perez Nashville, TN
56 2016 Jun 19 4th 8 Andy Flamm Queens, NY
57 2015 Oct 4 ? 8 Bryan Sheppard Dover, DE
58 2015 Oct 4 ? 8 Joey Haughey Dover, DE
59 2016 Jun 5 2nd 8 Tess “Tessie Tornado” Siciliano Long Pond, PA
60 2016 Jun 4 ? 8 Donald Sadeckas Syracuse, NY
61 2016 Jun 19 4th 8 Matthew Kiebus Queens, NY
62 2016 Jun 19 3rd 8 Ryoo Jeesoo Queens, NY
63 2016 Jun 25 5th 8 Lloyd Ingling Washington, DC
64 2016 Jun 25 2nd 7.5 Lesley Ryder Washington, DC
65 2016 Apr 16 2nd 7 Taylor Coombs St. Louis, MO
66 2016 Mar 19 5th 7 Robert Silva San Antonio, TX
67 2016 Jun 4 9th 7 Kevin Belbey Syracuse, NY
68 2016 Jun 4 ? 7 Derek Allen Syracuse, NY
69 2016 Jun 12 ? 7 Deborah Bethea Norfolk, VA
70 2015 Oct 21 1st 6.5 Noelle Morgan Nashville, TN
71 2016 Mar 19 6th 6.5 Chad Hupp San Antonio, TX
72 2016 Apr 23 8th 6 Adrian Padilla Las Vegas, NV
73 2016 Mar 19 3rd 6 Vanessa Salazar San Antonio, TX
74 2016 May 28 1st 6 Elizabeth “The Bespoke Curator” Petra Charlotte, NC
75 2016 Jun 5 8th 6 Tom Serpico Long Pond, PA
76 2016 Mar 19 7th 5.5 Mark Poland San Antonio, TX
77 2016 Jun 25 6th 5 Jesse “Eater J” Rifkin Washington, DC
78 2016 Mar 19 8th 5 Phil Taglieri San Antonio, TX
79 2016 Jun 19 4th 4.75 Prudence DiBenedetto Queens, NY
80 2016 Mar 19 9th 4.5 Juan Herandez San Antonio, TX

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"Big Cat" of BarstoolSports.com annouced he has received a sponsor's exemption in the Nathan's finals from Rich Shea.
The UT - Rio Grande Valley student paper has an article about Kassie Zapata competing in the Nathan's finals. Her status as a college student could justify showing the women's Nathan's finals live on ESPNU.
The Brooklyn Daily has an article and video about Crazy Legs Conti eating hot dogs on top of a Wonder Wheel car Friday. During the revolution, he managed to eat 12 hot dogs in 3 minutes and also had to duck to avoid being hit by another car.
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