It’s a tradition unlike any other, well that might be something else but the world famous Nathan’s hot dog eating contest is a great tradition. It doesn’t feel like the 4th of July for me unless I’m in front of the TV at noon watching a bunch of dudes stuff their faces with dogs. Every year the best and brightest eaters in the world flock to Coney Island to see how many dogs they can put down in 10 minutes.
This year we saw the greatest eater of the last decade win his 5th straight Mustard Yellow Belt. Joey Chestnut put away 62 hotdogs, not his best performance but better than last year’s total. Chestnut holds the hot dog eating record with 68 but now we have a little drama. Yesterday I said on the air the 6 time champ Takeru Kobayashi wasn’t allowed to officially compete but would eat simultaneously from a separate location. Kobayashi claims to have eaten 69 dogs yesterday which would break the record but until he signs a contract with the Major League Eating none of his numbers will count. I’m sure some of you might not think that is fair but imagine if David Garrard threw a 99 yard TD pass in practice without any real competition, he’s not going to ask to be put in the NFL record book, same deal with Kobayashi. Chestnut agrees, he said It wasn't a competition It was him just eating. I've done 71 in practice by myself. It's his choice not to be here. He could have signed the same contract.”
Other guys that did officially compete, Pat Bertoletti battling the whole way there until the very end he came in second with 53 hot dogs. Timothy Janus aka eater x, he’s the guy with all the face paint, he finished third with 43. You gotta love the contest, because now no matter how many dogs and burgers you put away yesterday you can tell everyone you didn’t come close to Joey so It could be worse.