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Opening Arguments

Hot dog

By God, it's about time America started kicking them furriners' butts:

NEW YORK—In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world's hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time titlist Takeru Kobayashi in a rousing triumph.

Chestnut, the great red, white and blue hope in the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes—a staggering one every 10.9 seconds before a screaming crowd in Coney Island.

"If I needed to eat another one right now, I could," the 23-year-old Californian said after receiving the mustard yellow belt emblematic of hot dog eating supremacy.

Chestnut won in a bun-zer beating performance against Kobayashi, the Japanese eating machine who recently had a wisdom tooth extracted and received chiropractic treatment due to a sore jaw. But the winner of every Nathan's hot dog competition since 2001 showed no ill effects as he stayed with Chestnut frank-for-frank until the very end of the 12-minute competition.

Never let it be said again that eating dozens of hot dogs in under 15 minutes is a job Americans don't want to do.

Posted in: Food and Drink


Josh Centor
Thu, 07/05/2007 - 9:47am

While I find the hot dog eating competition fascinating, I can't help feeling that we're encouraging the wrong things. In a country that has a problem with childhood obesity, why are we cheering people for gluttony?

Leo Morris
Thu, 07/05/2007 - 9:48am

Because sometimes we are morons. We are bored -- amuse us, somebody.