In the world of Competitive Eating, nobody gobbles up more titles than Joey Chestnut – mostly because I cannot afford the airfair to compete in these events. Still, grats to Chestnut for defending his title in “The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.”
Link via ESPN.com
Chestnut Wins Six Straight Hot Dog Contest via ESPN.com
68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes is quite the feat, though I would be more impressed if he actually had some competition (the runner up ate a meager 52). It should be noted that his rival, the amazing Takeru Kobayashi, was not able to participate due to contract issues. While I will always root for Americans in a sport clearly meant for the fattest country on the planet, it will not be nearly as exciting without any real competition (the scrawny dude that looks like Professor Chaos does not count). The Everett Aquasox would never be able to knock off the New York Yankees (try not drag the Mariners into this).
Here is an interview with Kobayashi: