Today, ESPNews became the broadcaster for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest following ESPN’s decision to keep airing Wimbledon. For everyone out there who likes to enjoy this bizarre television tradition, you had to scramble in order to find it.
Out of all of the Fourth of July television traditions … well, this is one of them. It’s probably the one time during the year that anyone decides to watch something related to professional eating, and it’s also one of the few days where Joey Chestnut becomes a household name. Yet, this is where he absolutely does. This is what he does best; he is the Michael Jordon of the sport, the top dog in the world of hot dogs. The only real question mark here was whether or not he’d be able to win again. There is a lot of competition out there! Can he cement himself as the very best of the whole back?
Okay, so it’s not a surprise to anyone that Joey was the champion this year — he is far and away the best eater that this contest has ever seen. He finished with 63 hot dogs, which for the record is well below his record. What happened? He suffered a leg injury a while back and because of that, he was unable to train in his typical way. He was even still wearing a cast! Yet, unlike other athletes, Joey can play hurt. (We still can’t get over how ridiculous the announcers make this entire event; at one point, they compared Chestnut to Rafael Nadal and also called him a “shining ark of humanity.”)
Odds are, Joey will be back next year, so we’ll see at that point if he’s better equipped to top his personal best.
On the women’s side, congratulations to Miki Sudo! After a one-year break to welcome a baby into the world, she came back and dominated once more.
What did you think about the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest this year?
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