Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey Chestnut
On my way into work, I caught a radio interview with reigning Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champion, Joey Chestnut. Is eating a real professional sport? Apparently, he watches his calorie intake and works extremely hard to keep his body in shape. I can’t imagine what his body goes through every time he enters the ring of a professional eating event.
He got his start in his twenties when his brother entered him into a lobster eating contest. The rest they say is history. He had some choice words for the former undisputed eating king, Kobayashi. “I respect him as an eater, but he’s a sore sport.” After a string of defeats, Kobayashi has elected not to participate in the world famous, Fourth of July hot dog eating spectacular. Chestnut likens it to Kobe Bryant leaving the NBA to play in Europe because LeBron James is getting too good. Yowzah!
Pardon the pun, but Joey Chestnut has been eating up his competition. He confessed he is pretty much competing against himself. He supposedly ate 80 hot dogs and buns in practice so he’s setting a goal of 70. Never mind the home run record. Look out for 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. The interviewer had me in stitches when he summed it up by saying, “I don’t know about you guys, but if I had 10 hot dogs, you’ll see me in me in the hospital!” But seriously, when he first started out, Chestnut knew he had the chops and the skills. He then lined up his determination and hard work to reach the pinnacle of his sport. It may not be the most pleasant to watch, but we all should be able to appreciate Joey Chestnut’s journey from setting a goal, reaching it, and putting an absolute strangle hold on it.