Friday, May 19, 2006


Remember the name Joey Chestnut. He's absolutely shattered the US record for hot dogs and buns eaten in 12 minutes. The old record was 42; he just did 50. If he continues to beat records at that pace, he will eat 120 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes, in just 5 more competitions.

But I digress.

Chestnut has qualified for the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, coming up on July 4th. I'm prepared to embrace Chestnut - in spirit, anyway - as our national champion to try to take down Japan's own Takeru Kobayashi. In winning his 5th straight Nathan's Famous competition last year, Kobayashi ate ONLY 49 hot dogs and buns. So clearly Chestnut has 'got his number,' so to speak.

The contest is at the corner of Surf and Stilwell, Coney Island, Brooklyn. What better way to celebrate our nation's birthday than by coming out to cheer on one of our own, to take back a crown that should rightfully be held by the US?

I mean, we don't have the America's Cup or the Olympic basketball gold. Is nothing sacred?

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