Sunday, July 4, 2010

Our Annual 4th of July Sporting Event

Sports has never been important to my husband and I. Oh, we did the obligatory T-Ball and Soccer when our son was growing up, and we went to a few Braves games in Atlanta.  But overall, he and I are indoor people who like books, computers, TV, movies and video games. EXCEPT once a year on the 4th of July, the only time we tune in ESPN to view our favorite sporting event.....Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. 

We have watched this event for several years now and once again "our boy" Joey Chestnut retained his championship Mustard Belt  for the 4th straight year by downing a grand total of 54 Nathan's hot dogs in 10 minutes.

I'll have to say, this years competition was not as intensely competitive as previous years due to the fact that Takeru Kobayashi, a previous Mustard Belt champ, was not in the competition because of a "contract dispute". It also seems that Kobayashi had some trouble with the police at the end of todays contest. Kobayashi had previously won the Nathan's competition every year from 2001-2006, but placed 2nd to Joey Chestnut in the years 2007-2009. The years with Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut cramming in those dogs side-by-side were very exciting.

I don't know how they do it, but it's both amazing and scary to watch. If you missed today's competition you can catch it in the video below. Hope you had a Happy 4th!


  1. Did you watch this live or televised .... this amazes me!

  2. It is amazing isn't it! We watched it on ye old TV here in South Carolina. The closest we have come to seeing something like this in person is the Drag Race held on Memorial Day at the Clover Grill in NOLA.