Our family sits glued to the Nathan’s International 2008 Hot Dog Eating Contest. Last year, the record was 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.
They call the eaters “gurgitators.”
I’m about to add the “re-“. Joey Chestnut (NYC) dethroned the perennial champ–Takeru Kobayashi (Japan)–so this is a major rematch. It’s a lot of fun to watch. They really make it a spectacle. I wish I were on Coney Island right now.
Oh…2 Chicagoans. They make us look weird. One is wearing a mask and the other a spiked mohawk.
What a great country!
Where do I sign up?
I love the play by play. They say things like, “Right now, the two best are neck and neck.” Right now, at the halfway point, Chestnut is still in the lead, but Kobayashi is beginning to close! “About a two dog difference, and both of them have a dog in the pipe.” “He’s also the tamale eating champ from Lousiville, Texas.”
Where do they come up with brilliance like this?
There’s Bertoletti, who is the ice cream eating champion AND the pickled jalapeno eating champion. He’s my role model. Kobayahsi is playing wounded; he has a bad case of ‘jaw-thritis”. He’s leading right now. He’s downed 51 to Chestnut’s 50. They’re dunking their buns, squeezing them small, inhaling then, cramming dogs down their throats. It’s amazing.
We did a 40 second wild countdown in our house.
Final score… Joey Chestnut 59… Takeru Kobayashi 59. Now what?
A five-dog eat off. They call it a DOG-OFF. It’s the first ever. Wow! Am I glad I didn’t miss it. Whoever downs 5 hot dogs first wins. Amazing. Ready, Set, Go! My stomach is churning. I have to look away. And the winner is…. Joey Chestnut! The Yellow Mustard Belt stays in America! Hooray!!! Our kids celebrate!
Maybe I have the spiritual gift of gurgitation.
My favorite line from the commetators: “The passions may be raw but the hot dogs are cooked.”