Fooch's Note: Check out our full rundown of results as Joey Chestnut claimed his fifth straight mustard belt.
The 2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest gets going Monday morning live from Coney Island at 9am pacific and ESPN will have comprehensive coverage. Joey Chestnut will be battling for his fifth straight mustard belt and you can enjoy this tribute to gluttony live. ESPN will air the contest on their main network and will also provide a live online stream via ESPN3.com. While folks might be kicking off their Monday holiday barbecues, it's worth taking a moment to enjoy one of the most entertaining contests in sports today.
The contest this year will feature defending champion and Bay Area native Joey Chestnut facing a mix of new names and usual suspects. Eater X (Tim Janus), Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas and Erik "The Red" Denmark will be back looking to dethrone the current champion. Unfortunately former six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi remains locked in a contract dispute with Major League Eating and will sit out his second straight contest. Here is a rundown of the entire list of contestants that won their regional qualifiers. Joey Chestnut is not listed as he was automatically entered into the contest after his win last year.
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