2018-19 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Circuit category

It's Nice That has a post on a series of photographs Adam Powell took at the Nathan's Finals.
Sports Media Watch reports the ESPN broadcast of the men's Nathan's finals received 1.36 million viewers, the highest amount for a live broadcast since 2011 (a rerun after a 2014 World Cup game was watched by 2.8 million). The telecast was the highest rated sports program for July 4, beating MLB and Wimbledon. update Zap2It.com has a list of the top 25 original cable shows for July 4. First Take which was televised on ESPN2 while the women's Nathan's finals were taking place, does not appear in the list.
Sports Illustrated has an article about judging at the 2019 Nathan's finals and the lack of controversy this year. Mets infielder Jeff served as the number flipper for Darron Breeden.

2019 Nathan’s mens finals

Official results

1st 71 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
2nd 50 Darron Breeden
3rd 47 Geoffrey Esper
4th 46 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie
5th 39 Max Suzuki
6th 36 Nick Wehry
7th 34 Matt “Hungry” Hazzard
7th 34 Gideon Oji
9th 29 Juan “Hungry Saiyan” Neave
10th 28.5 Ronnie “MegaByte” Hartman
10th 28.5 Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran
12th 27 Derek Jacobs
12th 27 Pablo Martinez
14th 26 George Chiger
14th 26 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan
14th 26 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
16th 22.5 Steve Hendry
16th 22 Darrien “Cheesecurd” Thomas

Joey Chestnut’s margin of victory appears to be the largest since Takeru Kobayashi defeated Badlands Booker 50.5 to 26 in 2002.

Brazilian Corbucci Eats is doing an Instagram Live video from the crowd on https://www.instagram.com/corbuccieats/

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2019 Nathan’s womens finals

Official results

1st 31 Miki Sudo
2nd 26.5 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
3rd 23 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee
3rd 23 Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Reinecke
5th 18 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
6th 14 Sophia Devita
7th 12.5 Katie Prettyman
8th 11 Holly Titus
9th 10.5 Kathryn Tesch
9th 10.5 Kelly Wong
11th 9 Jocelyn Walker
12th 8 Mary “I Love ‘em HOT!” Bowers
13th 7 Julie Goldberg
14th 7 Rene Rovtar
15th 6 Kat Wong

31 is the lowest high total for a female in the Nathan’s finals since Sonya Thomas ate 25 in her first Nathan’s finals in 2003. (She ate 32 in a 12 minute contest in 2004).

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The New York Post has an interview with Prudence DiBenedetto about her last place finish in the 2018 Nathan's finals.
Telegram.com has an article about Geoff Esper.
Men's Health has a joint interview with Derek Jacobs, Geoffrey Esper, Matt Hazzard, Michelle Lesco, Nick Wehry, Ronnie Hartman and Sophia DeVita about their training regimen for Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.
The official rosters for the men's and women's Nathan's finals have been posted. Sonya "The Black" Widow Thomas does not appear, which would end a 16 year streak of Coney Island appearances. (Doris Garcia is also unlisted.) There does not appear to be any surprises with the men's field.
Delish.com has an article about the Nathan's womens contest titled "Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is a Sexist Sausage Fest" containing quotes from Larell Marie Mele, Sarah Reinecke, 2011 competitor Laura Leu and Katie Prettyman, who says her Nathan's qualifier performance was impeded by the MC conversing with her.
Ken Hoffman has a column for CultureMap Houston about retiring from his role as a judge in the Nathan's finals.

2018-19 Nathan’s qualifier winners

A list of winners of qualifiers in the 2018-19 Nathan’s circuit follows:
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ESPN has a press release about next Thursday's coverage of the Nathan's finals. Adam Amin will be a commentate on the men's contest, which will be televised on ESPN2 at noon Eastern. The women's contest will be streamed on ESPN3. Segments about Geoff Esper and Darron Breeden will be shown before the contest.

Steve Hendry wins Santa Cruz qualifier

update July 1 DailyDemocrat and TimesHeraldOnline have articles

Here is the top 5 as best as I can figure out (twitter thread)

1st 25 Steve Hendry
2nd 15.5 Sergio Reyes-Raya
3rd 13 Kirk Taylor
4th 12 “funubergames”
5th 11 Jon Davis

Steve Hendry won tonight’s Nathan’s qualifier in Santa Cruz. No females competed. updateMatthew White has a video | Preview video

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WKBW has an article about Ronnie Hartman competing in the Nathan's finals.

Juliet Lee & Gideon Oji win DC Nathan’s qualifier

Rich Shea announced that Gideon Oji (25 hot dogs) and Juliet Lee (23) won today’s Nathan’s qualifier at the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle in Washington, DC. Juliet Lee extends her streak of years with a qualifier victory to 13.

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2019 Nathan’s finals odds

Covers has posted the following odds for the 2019 Nathan’s finals. (In gambling terminology, a minus signs implies you need to bet that amount to win $100. Betting $100 wins the amount followed by a plus sign). In other gambling news, David Purdum reports the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has denied requests from sportsbooks based in that state to offer betting on the Nathan’s finals. update Casino.org has an article about the denial

Joey Chestnut to win?
Yes -888
No +616

Hot dogs eaten by men’s winner?
O 73.5 (+120)
U 73.5 (-140)

Miki Sudo to win women’s contest?
Yes -1000
No +673

Hot dogs eaten by women’s winner?
O 38.5 (-115)
U 38.5 (-115)

5Dimes is also accepting Nathan’s bets

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Beard Meats Food & Julie Goldberg win Mets qualifier

updateQNS.com has an article

Official results from this morning’s qualifier at the Mets ballpark in Queens.

1) Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran 32, first Briton to qualify since 2005
2) Eric “Badlands” Booker 28
3) Brian Dudzinski 23
4) Michael Dietz
5) “Beautiful” Brian Seiekn 13

1) Julie Goldberg 9.5
2) Prudence DiBenedetto 6

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Simcoe.com has an article about Darrien Thomas competing in the Nathan's finals.

2018-19 Nathan’s Famous qualifier winners

With three qualifiers remaining in the circuit, here are the qualifier winners for 2018-19.
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Darron Breeden & Doris Garcia win Norfolk Harborfest qualifier

Darron Breeden and Doris Garcia have been announced as the winner of today’s Nathan’s qualifier at the Norfolk Harborfest.

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Darrien Thomas & Kay Wong win Taste of Syracuse qualifiers

Official results

1st 19.25 Darrien “Cheesecurd” Thomas probably first Canadian male to win qualifer in USA
2nd 17 Crazy Legs Conti
3rd 14.5 Mike Landrich
4th 14 Steve Radzwilla
1st 6 Kay Wong
2nd 3 Prudence DiBenedetto

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2019 ESPN July 4 schedule

The ESPN schedule for early July is now out. The men’s Nathan’s finals will be televised on ESPN at noon Eastern and rerun at 3PM and 4PM. The women’s finals will be streamed on ESPN3 for the ninth consecutive year. (ESPN2 will be showing First Take during the women’s Nathan’s finals). ESPN3 will also show camera feeds focused on Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.

The Good, The Bad, The Hungry will be televised on ESPN on July 2 at 8 pm and be rerun at 9:30 pm.

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2019 St. Louis Cardinals Nathan’s qualifier

Official results
1) Derek Jacobs 30
2) Brett Healey 28
3) Darrien Thomas 23.5
4) Bartley Weaver 23

1) Holly Titus 13

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Lancaster Online has an interview with George Chiger about competing in the Nathan's qualifier at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA on Sunday. He calls Larell Marie Mele his competitive eating mentor.
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