caption contest, extreme badminton

It’s time for another caption contest!  I’m going to go with another sports-themed picture this time, because of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  This time I’m using a photo from a sport that’s actually played in the Olympics (unlike last time), although this image is not from one of the Olympic tournaments.  Nonetheless, good times can be had by creating your own unique brand of commentary or captions, for all the world to enjoy.

What happened here?
What happened here?

(To see the other caption contests, click on the “Say What?” category in the sidebar.)

2008 hot dog eating championship

On July 4th every year, there’s a hot dog eating competition which brings out the world’s best at such things.  This year, former world record-holder Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi tied with defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut.  Get this — they each ate 59 hot dogs (with bun) in 10 minutes.

At this news site, you can watch a video of the competition, but I would advise against it.  It might sound neat to discuss this, but it’s not so fun to watch it.  Really…

The winner gets a one-year supply of hot dogs from Nathan’s.

Joey Chestnut, wolfing down the hot dogs
Joey Chestnut, wolfing down the hot dogs

Anyway, back to the 2008 competition.  I had the misfortune of watching it this year because the people whose house I was at decided to watch it for some reason.  The two former champions tied, so we were wondering what should happen.  One of us had the idea that they should have a race across a football field, lengthwise, to see who wins.  That would be funny to watch them try to run after consuming 59 hot dogs in just 10 minutes.  (They’d probably need to censor out the ensuing vomiting.)  But instead of this, they had a “dog off” where the one who had 5 more first won.

Also, there were quite a few contestants that weren’t even close.  As far as I saw, none of them stopped eating early.  I’d think they’d stop the torture if they saw the scoreboard and noticed that they were 10 hot dogs behind already.  Why would they keep going?  But maybe they wanted to say they did their best.

update on iBlogCup for April 2008

Regarding the iBlogCup I mentioned last week in a post, there’s some good news and some bad news.  So let’s start with the good news : we got the 4th most votes out of the 32 blogs.  However, the blog in our “bracket” was one of the three that got more votes than us, so we didn’t advance.

That doesn’t really seem fair, but so it goes.  Also, some blogs got 0 votes but got to advance because their competitor got 0 votes, and the one that was nominated first gets to advance in case of a tie.  So it’s too bad we weren’t up against one of those!  But either way, a few people came to the blog from, so hopefully they’ll stick around.

Another thing that doesn’t seem fair is that the blog we were up against in the first round finished 2nd overall in the previous month.  But I guess there’s no rules against re-entering, so maybe we will too.

vote for us in the Blog Cup

This blog has been nominated to participate in iBlogCup, which is an International Blog Cup Competition.  The only way for us to get votes is if you go to their site and vote for Buffet o’ Blog.  Here’s the link : April 2008 competition.

You can only vote once per round, and it checks your IP to make sure you aren’t voting multiple times.  This round is open from April 1 thru April 7.  I would really appreciate it if you’d take a few seconds to go there and vote.  There’s no prizes, but it would get us more recognition, which might translate into more regular readers.  The more, the merrier.  🙂

[ Edit: I’ve been informed that the vote button doesn’t always show in IE, i.e., Internet Exploder (that is, Internet Explorer).   See the pic below for how it should look.  Also, note that you have to enter a password at the top of the page for your vote to count.  This keeps people from using bots to automatically vote for them. ]

vote button