Wednesday, July 04, 2007

With relish

We may be losing the democracy war at home, but we can now add the belt of hot dog eating champ around our gigantic waists.
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut unseated the six-time defending champion in Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Wednesday, eating 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.

Six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, nursing a sore jaw after wisdom tooth surgery, scarfed down 63 hot dogs. Last year, he edged out Chestnut by nearly two dogs, eating a then-record 53 and three-quarters to Chestnut's 52.

Chestnut, who hails from San Jose, California, set a record with Wednesday's feat of eating 66 hot dogs, the event's organizers said.

Not since Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali in the 1971 bout coined the "Fight of the Century" have two contestants battled so hard. Perhaps.

At one point, Kobayashi expelled some of his half-mashed hot dogs from his mouth; those did not count in his total.

Chestnut toiled beside him, a vein throbbing in his forehead and his face bright red.


S.W. Anderson said...

This is headed for a bad end. One of these Julys, someone's going to literally bust a gut. Or have some kind of fat-and-cholesterol overdose crisis. And for what?

I don't like to be a killjoy, but competitive gluttony is still gluttony and still disgusting.

I wonder if the same competitive fun couldn't be had if they were to see who could down four or five hot dogs laden with their choice of condiments within a specified time limit.

Thrillhous said...

It's definitely gross, but I don't think it's all that gluttonous (sp?). These folks train to do this, and most of them are in fairly good health. I don't think it's much different than trying to lift heavier weights than other competitors, or running faster, etc.

S.W. Anderson said...

BTW, I wasn't clear about the eating four or five hot dogs competition. The idea would be to see who could do it in the least time.