I don’t know about you, but I caught it live on ESPN, July 4th. The Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest is a good old fashioned American tradition, and I’m all about it.
In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world’s hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a record-setting yet repulsive triumph.
Chestnut, the great red, white and blue hope in the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes — a staggering one every 10.9 seconds before a screaming crowd in Coney Island.
Just another reason I’m proud to be an American! [and Californian – go Chestnut!]