New ranking system

To improve the rankings based on head to head competition, I have added the benchmarks of money won in non Nathan’s MLE contests over the past year and personal bests in Nathan’s contests over the past 12 months. The current top 10 in the new system:

win % Prize $ HDB $HDB %$HDB
1 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 96.4 1 $41000 1 69 1 1 1 1
2 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie 91.1 2 $13400 3 51 2 2.5 2.25 2
3 Miki Sudo 86.2 3 $16750 2 40 4 3 3 3
4 Tim “Eater X” Janus 81.7 4.5T $8050 5.5T 50 3 4.25 4.375 4
5 Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas 81.7 4.5T $12150 4 36.75 7 5.5 5 5
6 “Notorious” Bob Shoudt 74.1 7 $8050 5.5T 39.75 5 5.25 6.125 6
7 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan 76.6 6 $6350 7 38 6 6.5 6.25 7
8 Jeff “The Beast Man” Butler 69.1 8 $850 15 31.5 9 12 10 8
9 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco 68.4 9 $4700 8 27.5 16.5T 12.25 10.625 9
10 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee 61.1 12 $950 14 36 8 11 11.5 10

An explanation of the columns:

  • win % Winning percentage over the past 12 months. This was listed in a previous post The column on the right has the ranking of that value.
  • Prize $ Money won in non-Nathan’s MLE contests held during the previous 365 days. If a competitor did not win any cash, he or she tied for last place with $0. The column on the right has the ranking of that value.
  • HDB Personal best in a Nathan’s qualifier or finals from the past year. If there is no Nathan’s result from the past year, the field is empty. The column on the right has the ranking of that value.
  • $HDB If a hot dog personal best is present, this column contains the average of prize money ranking and the hot dog ranking, otherwise it is set to the prize money ranking
  • %$HDB This column contains the average of the winning percentage ranking and the $HDB column. This value is sorted and ranked to produce the final rankings in the leftmost and rightmost columns.

Ties in the rankings result in averaging the placements. If there was a two way tie for third, both places would receive a rank of 3.5.

A listing of all competitors with two or more MLE contests in the past year is available after the jump.

win % Prize $ HDB $HDB %$HDB
1 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 96.4 1 $41000 1 69 1 1 1 1
2 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie 91.1 2 $13400 3 51 2 2.5 2.25 2
3 Miki Sudo 86.2 3 $16750 2 40 4 3 3 3
4 Tim “Eater X” Janus 81.7 4.5T $8050 5.5T 50 3 4.25 4.375 4
5 Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas 81.7 4.5T $12150 4 36.75 7 5.5 5 5
6 “Notorious” Bob Shoudt 74.1 7 $8050 5.5T 39.75 5 5.25 6.125 6
7 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan 76.6 6 $6350 7 38 6 6.5 6.25 7
8 Jeff “The Beast Man” Butler 69.1 8 $850 15 31.5 9 12 10 8
9 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco 68.4 9 $4700 8 27.5 16.5T 12.25 10.625 9
10 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee 61.1 12 $950 14 36 8 11 11.5 10
11 Aaron “A-Train” Osthoff 65.8 10 $500 21 31 10 15.5 12.75 11
12 Erik “The Red” Denmark 49.2 17 $1950 9 28 15 12 14.5 12
13 Marcos “The Monster” Owens 51.8 15 $575 20 30 11.5T 15.75 15.375 13
14.5T Sean “Flash” Gordon 64.1 11 $375 23 - - 23 17 14.5T
14.5T “Nasty” Nathan Biller 48.4 18 $750 16 - - 16 17 14.5T
16 Yasir Salem 46.2 22 $1025 13 30 11.5T 12.25 17.125 16
17 Meredith Boxberger 53.3 14 $250 28T 26 18 23 18.5 17
18 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez 42 24 $1700 10 27.5 16.5T 13.25 18.625 18
19 Brian “Dud Light” Dudzinski 50 16 $600 19 23 24.5T 21.75 18.875 19
20 “Buffalo” Jim Reeves 48 19 $400 22 24 21.5T 21.75 20.375 20
21 Eric “Badlands” Booker 41 26 $725 17.5T 28.5 14 15.75 20.875 21
22 Steve Hendry 44.6 23 $725 17.5T 24 21.5T 19.5 21.25 22
23 Jon Bello 26.1 32 $1200 12 - - 12 22 23
24 Pablo Martinez 47.1 21 $125 36 29.75 13 24.5 22.75 24
25 Kevin “LA Beast” Strahle 53.8 13 $0 48.5T 24.5 20 34.25 23.625 25
26 Josh Miller 37.5 27 $300 25T - - 25 26 26
27 Micah “Wing Kong” Collins 47.2 20 $200 32.5T - - 32.5 26.25 27
28 Neil Sebree 34.8 28 $300 25T - - 25 26.5 28
29 Ronnie “MegaByte” Hartman 31.4 29 $250 28T 23.5 23 25.5 27.25 29
30 “Big” Brian Subich 41.5 25 $200 32.5T 20 27 29.75 27.375 30
31 Crazy Legs Conti 20.9 39 $1650 11 23 24.5T 17.75 28.375 31
32 Andrew “The Bear” Kogutkiewicz 28.3 30 $250 28T 11 35.5T 31.75 30.875 32
33 corey fanguy 27.3 31 $200 32.5T - - 32.5 31.75 33
34 William “Wild Bill” Myers 22.2 36 $200 32.5T 17 28 30.25 33.125 34
35 Bryan “Big Sexy” Beard 25 33.5T $50 37 - - 37 35.25 35
36.5T Damien Boykin 18.5 42 $200 32.5T 13 31 31.75 36.875 36.5T
36.5T Pete “PrettyBoy” Davekos 20 40 $0 48.5T 25 19 33.75 36.875 36.5T
38.5T Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele 22 37 $0 48.5T 21 26 37.25 37.125 38.5T
38.5T Neslie Ricasa 23.8 35 $0 48.5T 14 30 39.25 37.125 38.5T
40 Tony “Bam Bam” Martinez 16 44 $200 32.5T - - 32.5 38.25 40
41 Matthew Raible 21.2 38 $0 48.5T 12 33T 40.75 39.375 41
42 Alex “Moose” Perez 2.9 55 $300 25T - - 25 40 42
43 Mike Landrich 25 33.5T $0 48.5T - - 48.5 41 43
44 Steve “Pi Guy” Martin 12.5 45.5T $0 48.5T 15 29 38.75 42.125 44
45 Kevin Sekulic 12.5 45.5T $0 48.5T 12 33T 40.75 43.125 45
46 Dax “theGinger” Swanson 19.2 41 $0 48.5T - - 48.5 44.75 46
47.5T Jacob Halicek 11.5 49 $0 48.5T 12 33T 40.75 44.875 47.5T
47.5T Mary “I Love ‘em HOT!” Bowers 12.1 47 $0 48.5T 10.5 37 42.75 44.875 47.5T
49 Sean Mulcahey 16.7 43 $0 48.5T - - 48.5 45.75 49
50 “Beautiful” Brian Seiken 6.7 51 $0 48.5T 11 35.5T 42 46.5 50
51 Dee “Princess Pi-Anna” Martin 6.3 53T $0 48.5T 8.5 38 43.25 48.125 51
52 Don Potts 11.8 48 $0 48.5T - - 48.5 48.25 52
53.5T Prudence DiBenedetto 6.3 53T $0 48.5T 6.5 41.5T 45 49 53.5T
53.5T Laura Riehman 6.3 53T $0 48.5T 6.5 41.5T 45 49 53.5T
55 Mia “Meatballz” Davekos 9.1 50 $0 48.5T - - 48.5 49.25 55
56 Terri Reeves 0 58T $0 48.5T 8 39 43.75 50.875 56
57 Dan Mangiapane 0 58T $0 48.5T 7.5 40 44.25 51.125 57
58 Tracy Goode 2.5 56 $0 48.5T - - 48.5 52.25 58
59 Ken “A.D.H.D” Douglas 0 58T $0 48.5T - - 48.5 53.25 59

Comments (23)

23 Comments »

  1. Anonymous said

    November 27, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    This is better, but it still doesn’t take into account beating ranked eaters versus non-ranked, incomplete results for some contests, and actually competing in more that two contests in a year.

  2. BigWillTheChamp said (Registered February 1, 2009)

    November 27, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    OJ, can you do one of these for the non-MLE eaters?

  3. Anonymous said

    November 27, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    But there’s no head-to-head consideration. Also you should have used average prize money won per contest instead of total prize money won, which is more the result of persistence and lack of a social life on weekends than it is the result of excellence.

  4. anonmous said

    November 27, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    For what ? If not MLE you are nothing

  5. anonmous said

    November 27, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Who lacks a social life on weekends?

  6. anonymous said

    November 27, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    I woyld love to see seiken and millender go head to head im any food category. Seiken wouls crush him

  7. Rolf said

    November 27, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Brian would win.

  8. ButtKicker said (Registered June 26, 2012)

    November 27, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    I agree with 12:32. If you are serious, you will be in MLE. AICE/APE and WLOCE are for losers.

  9. Anonymous said

    November 27, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Gee… now that’s not to confusing… could you make it more complicated? Wow… the yearly winnings are pitiful.

  10. Anonymous said

    November 27, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    @ButtKicker SO IF THATS THE CASE, WHATS YOUR RANK?

  11. ButtKicker said (Registered June 26, 2012)

    November 27, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    Better than yours 4:10. That”s for sure.

  12. Anonymous said

    November 27, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    @BUTTERKICKER SO YOUR A MEMBER OF MLE?

  13. Enough Z nuff said

    November 27, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    Will the Champ will beat Seiken hands down in any food competition. It will never happen anyway so why talk about it. Seiken doesn’t walk the walk when challenged to an eating one-on-one.

  14. anonymous said

    November 27, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    Enough Z just give it time. It will be all over the news Has been whips man 20 yrs his junior giving away 200 lbs

  15. Erik the Red said (Registered January 9, 2006)

    November 29, 2013 @ 3:55 am

    This is some interesting comparative ranking that makes some good sense. I totally support a more scientific ranking system. Now honestly, I think strength of schedule or strength of victory is a major component which is missing… that greatly affects win percentage. Average placing is something which could add value too.

  16. Anonymous said

    December 3, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    id like to see the non ifoce rankings

  17. Anonymous said

    December 3, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    The big question is whether Seiken will be ranked #49 or #50.

  18. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    December 3, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    I haven’t figured out how to handle hot dog personal bests for non-IFOCE rankings. I am probably going to use results from any 10 minute hot dog contests.

  19. anonymous said

    December 3, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    as Booker said in his rap song referring to aice. Besides coondog all your eaters are duds you remind of nerds around chicks. Who is coondog anyway?

  20. anonymous said

    December 4, 2013 @ 2:29 am

    105 that is an unfair assumption. The song was written during different times different era. Most of the eaters were duds back then and the organization was run by a nut case. . The guy that runs the show now is a ok. He is not about slamming other organizations and they have a few good eaters to boot

  21. Anonymous said

    December 4, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    2:29 am true. things done at certain times are about those times. bringing up old to prove something now does not wash.

  22. anonymous said

    December 24, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    OJ this is a marvelous ranking system You should have studied data science but i have a sneaky suspicion that was your major from the get go. Brian Seiken at 40 is probably on the money but should be a few notches higher . Precise calculations on your part which leaves marginal room for error. Maybe major league eating should take a page out of your page and study these vital stats when updating rankings instead of wasting time on twitter with 13 yr old absurdities such as the gurgitator

  23. anonymous said

    December 24, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

    There is a fine line drawn between a pro eater and an amateur. If you earned more than $1000 a year eating in competition MLE or independent than you earned pro status. If not you are not considered a pro by any stretch of the imagination and your probably do not belong at the table. You can factor in seniority or eating experience when determining pro or non pro status only because the sport has not and probably will never gain the rep of having thousands of multi $$$$ players at the table

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