The Hype Man Behind the Biggest Contest in Competitive Eating Tells All

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the tournament-changing injury to Brazil’s Neymar, penalty shootout gamesmanship, and the brilliance of Argentina’s star Lionel Messi. They also interview Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times about Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon win, Roger Federer’s near victory, Serena Williams’ mysterious withdrawal, and proper attire at Wimbledon. Finally, they talk to Major League Eating CEO George Shea about this year’s edition of the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, the history and marketing of the sport, and the controversy surrounding past champion Takeru Kobayashi.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly gyozas:

Mike’s gyoza: Judging the judges of All-Star snubs.

Josh’s gyoza: The self-professed dirty old man who invented the “honey shot.”

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca talked about what SOURCES! have to say about NBA free agency. Slate Plus members get an ad-free version of this podcast with bonus segments. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Hang Up and Listen

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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