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AHHH…TO BE AN AMERICAN!

I would be remiss not to mention the highlight of the 2008 Year In Sports, by that I mean the 93rd annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest!

Hopes were high this Independence Day that the sainted Joey “Jaws” Chestnut would retain the Mustard Yellow Belt and keep that treasured object on American soil.  Last year, Chestnut crushed the seemingly unstoppable Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi, consuming 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.  Hearts raced and fears rose that The Tsunami would return this year and take the blessed Belt back to Japan, it’s home for ten terrible years, 1997-2006 (with the exception of the tainted 1999 win by American Steve Keiner).

This year, the contest was returned to the original 10 minute time frame, throwing off the Major League Eaters rhythm, yet the two titans of the tummy rallied, each taking the lead again and again in a see-saw contest the left both with 59 hot dogs eaten at the end of regulation time.  For the first time, the contest went into overtime (or, sudden death, as some have called it), with each contestant (I like to call them “Hero’s”) being given 5 hot dogs and buns and the first to finish would be the winner.  Sensing victory close at hand, but with defeat equally as close, Joey stepped up to the plate (the dinner plate) and pulled one out for the team, eating the five hot dogs in 50 seconds, 7 seconds faster than The Tsunami.

Once again I have to say, God bless Joey Chestnut and God Bless the U.S.A.

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July 8, 2008 - Posted by | Opinion, Random Blather

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