Joey “Jaws” Chestnut defeated Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi after they tied, eating 59 hot dogs each in 10 minutes, in the Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. There was an eat-off, 5 dogs each, and Chestnut finished quicker, cinching the win.
Kobayashi is a colorful and charismatic athlete, but on July 4th I do feel a twinge of pride knowing that an American has the title for eating the quintessential American food, the Coney Island hot dog.
Even though I love eating, and love hot dogs, I can’t really follow this type of thing as a sport. For one, it’s pretty disgusting to watch. Nathan’s is one of the holiest hot dog cathedrals, and they make a great dog, but I don’t want to see someone eat 60 of them dunked in water. I don’t think I could eat one if I saw it in person. Even now I’m sort of iffy on my usual 2 dogs 1 burger July 4th repast. I think 1 dog might be enough.
Who am I kidding? Gimme 3 hot dogs and a bucket of tater salad! Go America!!