Thursday, July 3, 2008
If you've read my book, Summer: A User's Guide, then you know what a huge fan I am of the Nathans 4th of July hot dog eating contest. This annual event is New York at its finest--30,00 fans turn out to cheer on intrepid frank-loving power eaters on the boardwalk of Coney Island; it's competitive, it's outrageous, it's fun, and in true New York spirit, it's just a bit decadent. Last Independence Day, California native Joey "Jaws" Chestnut not only wrested the title away from Japan's Takeru Kobayashi (ending his 6-year reign), but also set a new a world record by woofing down 66 dogs in 12 minutes (I'm sorry--that's gotta hurt).
Tomorrow marks the 93rd year of this world-famous event, and when the clock strikes noon Joey Chestnut will try for the coveted title once again. If you can't get to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues to participate in the madness, watch it live on ESPN, or visit back here later in the day for the official results.