2011 Nathan’s Cleveland qualifer

1) Pat Bertoletti 38
2) Scott Bickel 18
3T) Jake “The Great Lake” Larry 17
3T) Jeremy Park 17
Craig Reed 10
Jamie Park 7 – women’s winner

update June 3 The Tower City Facebook has a gallery

update 8:10 Cleveland.com has a blog entry reporting that Jamie Park will compete in Coney Island despite not reaching the 10 hot dog minimum
WKYC has an article and video
Metromix has a gallery

update 2:15 Cleveland Scene has a slideshow

update 1:10 The MLE twitter has the rest of the top 4:

update 1:01 Brian Subich has the Top 2:

update 12:56 The contest is over. Craig Reed estimates Bickel’s total at 17.

update 12:53 The contest is underway

Bob Shoudt announces that he will not compete in today’s qualifier and will attempt to qualify for the finals Saturday in Queens.

The headline of a NewsNet5 article claims the contest has already taken place.

Comments (91)


  1. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    That article doesn’t say that at all!

  2. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    June 2, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    The body of the article doesn’t but the headline is “Regional hot dog eating contest held in Cleveland”

  3. Stallion Italian said (Registered August 27, 2010)

    June 2, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Really guys…….we are all so waiting for this event that we are now parsing English. I vote with both of you, sort of, but have to give the big nod here to ojrifkin. You are a real stickler for the truth, and I like that. It should say “to be held”……the video clearly says that they are showing a past contest………..oh, just waiting, waiting, waiting for the action to begin. No lunch for me today, I am starving but not for hotdogs and soggy buns.

  4. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    Um, that’s the way newspapers write headlines to save space. Ever notice that they don’t always use complete sentences?

  5. Live Blogger said

    June 2, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    It’s tough to live-blog an event that you can’t see, but what the heck? I’m gonna give it a try anyway.

    12:33 – Introductions have begun.

    12:35 – “Beefcake” Bickel is introduced to a swell of applause from his mom and his dad. He has an erection. It’s not clear why.

    12:38 – Pat Bertoletti is introded to thunderous booing from Scott Bickel’s mom and dad.

    12:40 – The contest has begun.

    12:41 – Pat Bertoletti is in the lead with 7 hot dogs and buns. Scott Bickel has eaten 3.

    12:43 – Pat has eaten 18. Bickel is at 9.

    12:45 – Scott Bickel has reversed after 12 hot dogs.

    12:50 – The contest is over. Awaiting the results.

    12:52 – Pat Bertoletti is declared the winner. His totals are unclear.

  6. Larell Marie Mele said

    June 2, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    Pat 36, Bickel 18??

  7. Larell Marie Mele said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    Female contestant did 7?

  8. BIG Brian Subich said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Bertoletti 38, Bickel 18

  9. Nathan in Cali said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    that looks right Larell…

    Scott 18 (although Rich didn’t announce the official nuimber) and some other local eater had 17…. hahahhaha

    Way to go Pat, DOUBLED Scott’s number…


  10. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    18??? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha (ad nauseum)! Any of us who have been around the Nathan’s circuit and have heard people who have never eaten competitively claim they’re going to do 20, and then can barely manage eight. Just another braggart. Now, go away!

    Wonder what his excuse is going to be?

  11. Cleveland Steamer said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    Hey I can do 60 in my training at my house under my conditions, can I get a bunch of media attention?

    18 after all of that hype, WOW that’s is just too funny. Maybe he will go find another sport he can “train” for during the next year of his life and leave all of us alone with his fictitious training numbers and failed eating challenges!

    And Cleveland has been let down yet again by another no name loser! Way to go Pickel I bet you just inspired soooo many people!

  12. Jamminjoe said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    I think I about called it

  13. Anonymous Fan said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    The rest of the day is going to be a field day on here!!!!!!! I can not wait!

  14. Cleveland Steamer said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    He must have been using Vienna Sausages to “Train” with! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  15. zOrG! said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    even stephanie torrez ate more than him

  16. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    Not even a wild card slot is available – even if the people who haven’t won a qualifier don’t win, there are enough slots to prevent him from getting to Coney (Rich LeFevre is filling one of those slots, but with his recent local contest appearance (??)):

    2011 Apr 23 2nd 27 10 min Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
    2011 May 28 2nd 26.5 10 min Aaron “A-Train” Osthoff Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier – men Atlantic City, NJ
    2011 May 28 3rd 22 10 min Crazy Legs Conti Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier – men Atlantic City, NJ
    2011 Apr 23 3rd 21 10 min Travis “Chewy” Fowler Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
    2011 Apr 23 4th 19 10 min Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
    2011 May 28 4th 18.25 10 min Eric “Steakbellie” Livingston Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier – men Atlantic City, NJ

  17. anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Guess what oj dickfin last laugh is on you shout informed bb.com that he was doing Citifield two weeks ago .The reason he said he was doing ohio was to screw with you . ha ha ha . People , from now on if you want truthful accurate info visit bb.com and don’t rely on this guys reliance on unprotected Facebook pages

  18. Anonymous Fan said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    So what is the lesson here today, you can train all you want, you can get all the media attention you want, but you better back up your words with actions.
    Also the big winner of this whole debacle is Adrian Morgan. I’m sure the rabbit wasn’t worried at all but Bickel didn’t even come close to wild card numbers!

  19. Bickelisms said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    Now that Scotty’s finished his hotdogs, let’s watch him eat his words. I’ll start:

    beef said (Registered January 18, 2011)

    April 26, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    Ok..here is the secret..I have been hiding it for so many years..to all the eaters and fans out there, this is the truth of Scott Bickel. You may not understand. You may not want to understand. But it is the truth. Its not about hotdogs. Its not about glory for being the top eater. Its about inspiring the world through my story. Its about making it big so I can have the money to give my parents a better life. Its about bring happiness and joy to Cleveland and to show people in life YOU CAN SUCEED even when the world says you cant. Its about believing in yourself and proving millions wrong. After you read this little link which I just modified, you may think different about me. I am not here to brag. I am not here to make other eaters angry and feel bad. This whole journey has NOTHING to do with competitive eating. This whole journey is about me fulfilling my life dream. It doesnt end at eating. Its just another step for me getting what I want in life and inspring millions. You people are missing the point. Read this link http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/author.aspx?authorid=53991

  20. Stallion Italian said (Registered August 27, 2010)

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    Even I must have believed some of the hype. I should have known better. Well, 17 or 18 for an entry would be great under all other circumstances but Bickel………you made your own hotdog and bun bed, hope you can be humble and make the best showing by good sportsmanship and a little humble hotdogging. I sure hope Mom and Dad are going to advise him well. Has anyone in competitive eating ever made such outlandish predictions for themselves? Back to the gym, just do your own thing. But, do you think this particular qualifier would have gotten so much press without Bickel? Probably not, just same old, same old. Funny how these things work.

  21. Bickelisms said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    I am truly blessed as I became a flourishing published author of the inspirational romantic novel “The White Picket Fence” which is a love story based on the extraordinary true events of my life, a U.S. Marine who graduated top of my class in the world’s most brutal military Armed Forces basic training camp at the infamous Parris Island, a self taught master of the piano, a self taught marvelous magician, and one of the world’s greatest champion extreme eaters, all by the age of 20.

  22. Cutter said (Registered November 9, 2010)

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    good enough for 6th in vegas.

  23. Randy Santel said (Registered June 2, 2010)

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    hahahhhahhhahhhahahahhahahha YES!!!! I was hoping Pat would DOUBLE him 🙂 🙂 🙂 That is so sad how all of us have just been sitting at our computers waiting for these results! lol I was definitely one of them. Great job Pat!! I don’t mean to talk too much shit, because I have no idea how many I can do, but this is some good news! Hopefully he was also lying about all the training and stuff he has been doing for this. If he has actually attempted to do that much, I hope he is not left alone for a few days. I cant wait to read the news tomorrow 🙂

  24. Anonymous Fan said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    Randy – tomorrows news!?! how bout 5pm!! I can’t wait to see what all these media outlets in ohio have to say after they were bamboozled by this guy.

  25. you meanies said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    you are all mean to scott.He said nothing bad about any of you people.

  26. KevinRoss said

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I don’t know Bickel personally, but I’ve seen some of the crazy stuff he’s posted and his delusional rantings. I can see why everybody is jumping on him. But I think actually 18HDB is a really excellent number, especially for a first contest. Granted when you run your douchebag mouth saying you’re going to eat 40, it seems terrible by comparison. But people forget that few people in the world can eat around the 20 mark.

  27. anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    experienced journalists like Beautifulbrian wouldnt think wtice about report this jokers hype. If you notice on Brian’s site not even a word about Bickle? Know why? He smells a fake a mile away just like the one in charge of this blog.

  28. Clay said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    so how many slots are reserved for wild card slots for the contest?? anyone know

  29. coney said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    He didn’t even eat 18!. I saw all the debris on his plate. he had two half’s completely untouched then a mountain of chewed hot dog on his plate. Minus everything he barely at 16.

  30. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    One wild card slot for the men. I do not know if there will be a women’s wild card.

  31. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    One wild card slot, men’s division. At this time.

  32. Meanie said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    1:44: Scott never said nothing mean about anybody? How about the fact that he still claims he is one of the worlds greatest competitive eaters? For a guy who can only eat 18 hot dogs, isn’t that statement a bit demeaning to those who truly earned being called some of the world’s greatest competitive eaters such as Pat Bertoletti? And speaking of being mean, trying to gain personal wealth and publicity by lying about yourself and your accomplishments, let alone all those reporters and people in Cleveland he snookered, well that’s pretty mean too.

  33. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    But Kevin, when you’ve been training 12 hours a day for 335 days, is 18 truly excellent?

  34. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    they should let Bickel eat in the Womens contest, hehe

  35. Stallion Italian said (Registered August 27, 2010)

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    Guess what anonymous Seiken said. The joke is on you because you are so incredibly transparent. Not one thank you for linking your video of AC, not one single apology to all of the people you spat on, your own people in MLE, not one good word for ojrifkin and do not tell me that this isn’t you or one of your two “FRIENDS” because I do not believe it. Who is the dick now? I will not even go further into your nonsense but some people do apologize, some people do set the record straight, you are one miserable specimen of a human being. The only good thing I can say is that people who like to write horrible things and wish nothing but bad things on others usually are pretty miserable company for themselves. Can you hear me now?

    June 2, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Guess what oj dickfin last laugh is on you shout informed bb.com that he was doing Citifield two weeks ago .The reason he said he was doing ohio was to screw with you . ha ha ha . People , from now on if you want truthful accurate info visit bb.com and don’t rely on this guys reliance on unprotected Facebook pages

  36. Stallion Italian said (Registered August 27, 2010)

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    And maybe you should learn to punctuate and use spellcheck and even, heaven forbid, learn to spell the Humble’s name correctly. Your fingers were just flying, weren’t they? I am so done.

  37. Clay said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    So whats the bigger disapointment. Scott Bickle and his showing at the qualifier, or Labron James leaving Cleveland. Dude theres a curse there, the way people in Cleveland treated Labron(no champions will come from Cleveland for a while). Ohio is cursed sporting because of that whole thing. The Cavs had a horrible horrible year, the browns and the bengals need I say any more on those 2 teams, Ohio State and the loss of its coach and probably a few of its key players and now Scott Bickle goes down hard. Bad Mojo happening there, get out while you can(advice from me and Labron 🙂

  38. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    I’ve been inspired to go fail at something.

  39. anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Stallion you have no FRIENDS and NO OTHER LIFE besides this site and FYI i am not Seiken learn how to spell you A—-s

  40. "Tiny" said (Registered March 5, 2008)

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    I went to the qualifier today. I was a little impressed with the set up at the Main Staircase of Tower City. I did a contest at the same local in ’09.
    There was an amatuer quyalifer at noon. A lawyer won with 7 HDB’s in 6 minutes. Quite boring eating as far as I am concerned.
    At 12:30 the intro’s went on for the eaters. Bickel and Bertoletti had nice intro’s. Pat started off really fast. Like WHOA! I’ve seen him eat on TV but its nothing compared to live. Scott seemed to start off decent but never seemed to find a rythym or speed at all. I think Pat had 10 done when Scott had 6. Pat did really well. It was nice to finally meet him. As far as Bickel goes……… he is a good kid. A friend of mine. I’ve gone do dinner and lunch with him. We even did a buffet vid together! But I feel bad for him. 18 is a good HDB number for Nathans rules for his first contest. But all of the hype that was built up to this, I believe, went to his head. I also think that if he starts to do some contests he will be able to increase his speed. I’ve told him, and he knew, about upcoming local contests and he said that he wanted this, Nathans qualifier, to be his first contest.
    Scott Bickel WAS NOT a competitive eater before 12:30 this afternoon as fas as I am concerned.
    However, he is now. I wish him a bright future at the table. And the best of luck.
    Meeting Pat Bertoletti and Richard Shea was an interesting experience that I will not soon forget.
    I had fun being a spectator today! And my vid will follow soon.


  41. A favor? said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    Why should Seiken thank OJ Rifkin for doing him a token favor by linking his video? How bout all the other times OJ never bothered to link any of Seiken past editorials? Seiken was doing quite well with the video numbers on his own. OJ take you token favor Stallion claims you did for Seiken, and shove it you know where

  42. "Tiny" said (Registered March 5, 2008)

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    @ Clay. Cleveland sports is the pits. Browns Cavs Indians. OUCH. More Rolaids are sold in Cleveland during football season than anywhere else on Earth. Fuck Lebron. And the Indians are the farm team for all of baseball.
    It takes balls to be a Cleveland sports fan.

  43. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    “It takes balls to be a Cleveland sports fan.”

    Hey, how about this? Put things in perspective. It’s sports. It’s the not the end of the world. If it takes balls for you to be a sports fan, if you live and die with your team, you really need to rethink things.

  44. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    “But all of the hype that was built up to this, I believe, went to his head.”

    Tiny, it’s not a matter of something going to his head. I think the big question is why did this guy, who could not possibly have been eating close to 40 hot dogs at home in practice, claim that he could eat 40 to 50 hot dogs in a qualifier? What’s going in his head? I think that’s the issue. He comes across a guy who knew better and yet lied to everybody.

  45. nunonabun2 said (Registered November 10, 2009)

    June 2, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    Well now we know for sure. He is a kid that ran his mouth. He is not a bad person just looks like a douche. Hell who hasnt looking like a ass? 18 is nothing to scoff at if he had not hyped it so much. But then again if he had fun who did he hurt?

  46. Stallion Italian said (Registered August 27, 2010)

    June 2, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    YOU REALLY ARE AN ASS. You just do not get it do you no matter what. I never said he did you a favor but to slam him again and again and others, and you have posted many digs under assumed names, well, it is just ridiculous. Spin it any way you want, you just keep throwing everyone under the Seiken bus except for Pat B, Subich and Shoudt. And you wonder why not one person comes to your defense? Have you seen Pat or Subich or Bob post here directly and come to your defense? Come on Shoudt…….post under your own name and verify that you did the whole I am going to Cleveland just to mess with OJRifkin. Then that one will be on you and equally ridiculous.

    A favor? said
    June 2, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    Why should Seiken thank OJ Rifkin for doing him a token favor by linking his video? How bout all the other times OJ never bothered to link any of Seiken past editorials? Seiken was doing quite well with the video numbers on his own. OJ take you token favor Stallion claims you did for Seiken, and shove it you know where

  47. Anonymous Fan said

    June 2, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    he is the male version of Grace Lee

  48. anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Hey stallion aka rhonda Evans oj rifkin or maybe some of the retired seiken haters that have nothing better to do but check out every punctuation mark on these comments thinking its seiiken. Get a life get laid do something .other than worry about who stuffs a bunch of food sown their gutt

  49. anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    It’s over with ok. Seems that most of you really like this kid or were hoping he would succeed or else you wouldn’t be making such a big issue over this nonsense

  50. Nathan in Cali said

    June 2, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    excuses already coming in from the Bickle fan club huh?

  51. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    That’s what the kid gets for talking out his butt for so long and to such a great extent. Yeah, he does seem like a nice boy. But that’s aside from competitive eating.

  52. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    351, why bring rhonda evens into this. Has she even posted in the last week? It’s been nice without her for awhile.

  53. KevinRoss said

    June 2, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    To anonymous 2:26. . .you have a point there. If he really had been training like crazy, then 18 is not a good number. I am in that range when I do HDB, but I train very little. I’m not sure I would improve much on HDB if I trained like crazy, but it would be pretty lame if I did and got nothing out of it.

  54. Meanie said

    June 2, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    CLEVELAND REPORTER: Hello, Cleveland News Channel.

    SCOTT BICKEL: Hi, I’m Scott Bickel, one of the greatest competitive eaters in the world. Can I come on your show and talk about how I’m going to beat Joey Chestnut at Nathan’s at Coney Island 2012?

    CLEVELAND REPORTER: I’m sorry Scott, you’re breaking up, I’m losing my signal, I think my battery’s going out … uh … I’m driving through a tunnel. Click … buzzzzzzz.

    SCOTT BICKEL: Hello? Hello? Are you still there? Hello? Hello?

  55. Les said

    June 2, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    I suspect Bickel trained very little in reality, Kevin. Just a lot of hype and talk.

  56. Craig Reed said (Registered February 21, 2009)

    June 2, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    It was a really fun contest. Well put on and plenty of space at the table. Hot Dogs were definitely a difficult food.

    Went and got Animal Style Frites at The Greenhouse Tavern after the contest. Those were awesome.

  57. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    Scott Bickel’s first comments after the tryouts in Cleveland for the July 4th, 2011 Nathan’s Hotdog eating contest…

    “I felt every single emotion today to the absolute highest. My body and mind are numb and my heart is pierced with an agonized sensation…You can’t beat the one who refuses to give up. I am Scott Anthony Michael Bickel. I still have a dream to fulfill. I can never be beat. I am destined for greatness. This Is The Revival. The New Age. The New Life. The New Beginning. The World Is Mine For The Taking.”

    … Scott’s version of humble in second place…also in WKYC TV interview, Scott had nothing to say about the winner. Scott, ever hear of good sportsmanship?

  58. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    Live Blogger says;

    “12:35 – “Beefcake” Bickel is introduced to a swell of applause from his mom and his dad. He has an erection. It’s not clear why.”

    …Ten Best Comedy Lines…

    10) Scott looked at himself in the mirror in the men’s room beforehand and got all excited.

    9) …hmmm, hotdog love!

    8) …gotta have the bun, gotta have the bun…

    7) …yep, once you’ve shoved a hotdog in, nothing else comes close.

    6) …Scott’s next book, “101 Things You Can Do With A Hotdog – And Not On The Kitchen Table!”

    5) …is that a Nathan’s wiener in your pants, or are you just glad to see me?

    4) …I’d love to be a Nathan’s Coney wiener, ’cause everyone would be in love with me!

    3) …eating wieners cures erectile dysfunction…

    2) …gee everyone, look what I’ve got!

    …and the number one top comedy line…

    …free sample everyone, get your free sample!

    (alternative line)

    …with a name like ‘Beefcake’, its got to be good!-)

  59. wrecking ball said

    June 2, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    how about jeremy park throwing up 17 hot dogs? jeremy is a good guy and new to ce and 17 is a great number for a guy so new to the sport! great job jeremy, we all get our ass kicked by pat but you held your own today!

  60. wrecking ball said

    June 2, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

    also jacob larry rocked it today as well. both jake and jeremy are making a name for themselves in ce, i have talked to both these guys and they seem motivated to be big time names over the next few years in ce and with a number like 17 at their first qualifier they seem to have a bright future! see you all in la when mega toad and big sexy stomp my ass!

  61. Larell Marie Mele said

    June 2, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    Nice to see several women decided to participate. Perhaps with each qualifier we’ll see more and more females at the table 🙂

  62. anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    More and more what? More women that can eat 4 hotdogs and buns?

  63. Larell Marie Mele said

    June 2, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    Anon 923 – just more in general, regardless of amounts right now. I think it’s important for more women to give it a try even if #s are coming in low at this point. It’s still a relatively new idea for most women to embrace and I know that further down the line as more of them take chances we’re going to see those who can really put up impressive #s.

  64. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    7. And I wasn’t Hungry. Or Focused. 🙂

  65. Anonymous said

    June 2, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Well… There’s always next year right?

  66. Walter said

    June 3, 2011 @ 12:47 am

    How many did Larue eat in his first qualifier?MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

  67. Jamminjoe said

    June 3, 2011 @ 5:24 am

    let me say I was pleased in hearing mr bickel got his ass handed to him. now if he is any part of what he says he is he will man up and do more contests and learn. if he is the shallow, self centered egomaniac loser we all perceive him to be we will never see or hear from him again. just remenber,
    winners don’t quit and quitters don’t win

  68. Jake The Great Lake Larry said

    June 3, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    I really thought I could of put up a bigger number. I tried the water stretching the day before and it didn’t really help. The casing on those hot dogs is unbelievable, I have never had a hot dog like that before. Pat is a beast, I could of ate a couple more but Pat’s fruit punch was sprayed all over my hot dog’s and water unintentionally at the end. LOL Overall Bickle did good for his first contest but ruined it with the media. He definitely was in the zone before the contest. Also, I couldn’t believe how many people were watching us. Every floor of that mall was filled. I can’t wait for next year, I just have to find a qualifier That Pat’s not going to. haha

  69. Anonymous said

    June 3, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Larell said, “I think it’s important for more women to give it a try even if #s are coming in low at this point.”

    Important? How? And to whom? This isn’t about making sure that women go to college, or that they do well in math and science, both of which held the obvious potential to meaningfully benefit society. We’re talking about competitive eating — a whim, a triviality. If you really stop and think about it, if you resist the urge to mindlessly repurpose cliches, can you really say it’s important that women compete and do well in this endeavor? There’s no crisis here except for the fact that some of you guys are taking this WAY too seriously.

  70. anonymous said

    June 3, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    8:40 am hits it right on the money . How is a carnival act supposed to meaningfully benefit society? It’s like trying to convince yourself and the public that the product you are selling will work when we all know it’s a joke

  71. same story said

    June 3, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Jake the great, water stretching does nothing for you unless you have been doing it for a long period of time . Even then the results will be nothing near the expecations. Maybe one or two additional hot dogs to the total. . The top eaters minus Sonya and a few others are experimenting with all kinds of supplements . It is not known whether they are legal but they are doing something. The classic copout to newspaper and media “I stretch my stomacn with water” Yeah right tell us another one

  72. Poor Sport said

    June 3, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    all mentions of nathan’s have been removed from his FB page; he offers no congratulations to the winner. You can obviously tell that he wanted fame and his motives for doing were selfish and self centered.

  73. Everything Equal said (Registered April 28, 2011)

    June 3, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    still have no idea who ItalStal is accept the fact that he likes to battle brian. who are you? does anyone no you? you think that you are going to make people that dont post here post here cuz you asked them too? I cant remember the last time those peple posted. Acording to eaters, Bob was tweetting just to mess with Bikle.

    Bikle bit off way more then he could swalow. yes he is young and needs to mature but it is still interestin to see a 18, very funny. one hour of training equal 1.5 dogs. Joe must train 40 hours a day. Bertie put on a good show and I hope SPMENDSEIDJSUEJDKSEQWOALSWB (barloow) was watching.

    supplimints? start naming them and where you can buy them. I want to try to.

    as for water I like the better cop out of I dont do anything, I never train at all, I just walk on a tread,mill 3 hours a day

  74. anonymous said

    June 3, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    EE Stallion is a product of several monikers that switch off from time to time with Rhonda Evans thinking that it will confuse the idiots that post here on a frequent basis. The giveaway is “Brian’s two friends” and “Be thankful OJ allows you to post or be grateful OJ links your video” Does not sound like phrases coming from the male species. Women are known for comparing text from the real source and the anonymous one so they could catch the culprit red handed. In Stallion case like Rhonda, she uses the text comparison hoping for spelling errors and punctuation marks on Seiken part when he posts his real name and the alleged alias one. Its called no life . If Stallion had half a brain she would ignore the anonymous comments she percieves as Seiken, but instead goes with the flow. In essence she is no better than Seiken

  75. Nathan in Cali said

    June 3, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    OJ, just out of curiosity, where does 18HDB’s rank as fair as Nathan’s debut goes?

  76. Craig Reed said (Registered February 21, 2009)

    June 3, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    Bickle was talking with Pat after the contest yesterday. He could’ve congratulated him then.

  77. Stallion Italian said (Registered August 27, 2010)

    June 3, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    It is really unfortunate when people celebrate themselves before achieving something. There is something which is way off center about Scott Bickel but that’s show business, I guess. I can only hope for his sake that he finds some pursuit other than competitive eating. He is certainly in shape by his photos, it seems that he works at Applebee’s on weekends, perhaps not current news. With so many eaters able to achieve his number, I do not foresee a bright future for him in competitive eating. He has surely peaked as far as interest and press attention are concerned, in my opinion, of course.

  78. anonymous said

    June 3, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    As was mentioned, Scott is toast with the media for overbuilding his prowl ness, claiming he would easily eat forty hot dogs at the regional contest, yet only knock back eighteen. Scott can eat a lot, but he needs to come to the realization that he needs to work his way up. Exhibitions are nice and have promotional value, certainly had his fifteen minutes of fame, but he needs to take advice and do contests to build himself up before he tries again. As to Scott not living up to his claims of training, well, lets get serious, you can’t have a physique like his and not work out. Then again, if one is working out a lot, one’s stomach is going to shrink. Lets face it, Scott is too self-centered and he needs to learn to deal with it before he can become a champion…that and develop good sportsmanship both in success and in defeat.

  79. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    June 3, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    Here is a post from May 2010 about Nathan’s debuts


    For people doing their first official contest in a Nathan’s qualifier, Sonya Thomas 18 hot dogs in 12 minutes in 2003 is the only comparable mark I can think of.

  80. Anonymous said

    June 3, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    OJ, there were bigger debut’s than thomas this year. man and woman this year. 18 is such a good job and at some qualifiers would win it in the past. there seems to be more interest in eating recently since show like man vs. food have gripped part of the national audience.

  81. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    June 3, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    What I meant was that I am unaware of any performances better than 18 hot dogs for people making their eating contest debut (no contests of any sort previously) in a Nathan’s qualifier.

  82. Nathan in Cali said

    June 3, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    So with the added debuts (last year and so far this year) of Monson, Morgan, Osthoff and Wells his Nathan’s debute in a 10minute contest ranks him tied around 12ish… if you include the 12min contests he’s tied for 27th…

  83. Nathan in Cali said

    June 3, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    Correction, I missed Brain Dud…. so 13th in 10min contest and 28th for 12min for Bickel….

    Okay, I’ll take a breather from relevant competitive eating talk so we can all go back to our regularly schedule Seiken talk.

  84. Jamminjoe said

    June 3, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    To whom it may concern,(walter) In 2004 my first nathans in Pembrook pines Fl I finished with 18 hdb I also never said i was going to eat any given amount by the way walter why the mention and who are you

  85. anonymous said

    June 3, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Bickle is good for one thing and that’s twitching

  86. Meanie said

    June 3, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    Does anybody need four thousand “Road to Coney Island” tee shirts? I know a guy who can give you a real good deal.

  87. Larell Marie Mele said

    June 3, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    Anon 840 – Lolll, very amusing post to me 🙂 No, of course it’s not “IMPORTANT” if we’re talking about world events ie world hunger, curing cancer, etc hahaha. BUT when talking about competitive eating and broadening the CE field to include women, then yes, it is important that more and more women participate if the goal is to dispel the idea that it’s a man’s sport. Oh, I don’t take this waaaay too seriously at all. Like I’ve stated previously, I am not disillusioned in any way that I shall be a top-ranked eater – it is about the fun, the energy, the passion, the good times, the personal little goals, the socialization, etc. Thanks for the post!!!

  88. Walter said

    June 5, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

    you take this to serious.18 is a good number for both of you.

  89. Jersey said

    June 6, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    I would like to see Bickel and Larue go at it with HDB’s

  90. anonymous said

    June 7, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    Bickle is finished. He can make more money holding out a tin can on the NYC subway cars preaching his hot dog ability and reading passages from the bible

  91. ROBERT said

    June 8, 2011 @ 1:46 am

    I talked to Scott for weeks and tried explaining to him that he needs to get treatment for his bi-polar disorder. He also had a very rough family history growing up. He didn’t get positive attention as a child and now jumps from 1 grand scheme to the next to try and get attention…only in the end making a fool of himself !!! Scott I have known great people in my life…and you are just a shit talking flunkie who needs to see a therapist and get yourself on the right path.

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