July 4, 2010, - 2:07 pm

VIDEO – USA! USA! USA!: Joey Chestnut Wins Hot Dog Contest

By Debbie Schlussel

Who cares about Wimbledon?  Yawn.  In a far more exciting, um, “sport,” American Joey Chestnut, once again, won the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest–his fourth title in a row.  54 hot dogs in 10 minutes for a $20,000 pay-off ain’t bad.


Missing from this year’s contest was Chestnut’s biggest rival, Takeru Kobayashi.  Well, he was there.  But while he didn’t compete, Kobayashi got arrested, after improperly taking the stage.  On an interesting note, watch this “What’s in my Fridge?” video with Chestnut showing what he normally eats and the various Major League Eating contests he’s won.  It’s kind of interesting.  The guy is no tub of lard.

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12 Responses

EEEEUUUUUUW. Maybe there should also be an award for the most annual contests someone is able to participate in without collapsing.

Little Al on July 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Hot dogs are high in sodium. What’s the highest amount of sodium can one person have in one day?

Norman Blitzer on July 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm

lol..major league eating, contract disputes.. everyone’s a darn professional these days! Its pretty funny though, the top eaters who usually win these things always seem to be super skinny and then the others seem to be tub of lards, they must be doing something wrong.

Barb on July 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I wonder if the PETA people were there protesting again.

The Nathan’s hotdog eating contest is absolutely the most fun sporting event you can go to for FREE.

I’ve been following Major League Eating since I went to my first Nathan’s Famous Hotdog Eating Contest. The best eaters are thin and there’s a reason for that. Heavy people have a layer of fat over their GI tract. That layer of fat prevents the GI tract from expanding when they’re competing. That’s why the scrawny guys and girls like Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas win contests and hold so many records.

There is NO Santa Claus on July 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm

So a fundamental bodily function has been elevated to the level of a sport? What stupidity! What should we next expect to be erroneously labeled as a sport, competitive urination judged by distance or competitive defecation based on weight of excrement?

Charles Kastriot on July 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    “What should we next expect to be erroneously labeled as a sport, competitive defecation based on weight of excrement?”

    Um, for obvious reasons, I believe that Mr. Chestnut would easily win that competition as well.

    Daniel H on July 5, 2010 at 11:46 am

Gluttony, eating in excess labeled as sport, is like Islamic head cutting labeled as sacred. It’s a game of labeling, reframing, redefining shit as pearl.

Extremism can appear in lot of forms, not just Islamism. Moderation and balance is the key, but since moderation is the result of inner strength that can’t be seen from the outer, not many will praise it or make it competitive sport.

Yoah on July 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Most health authorities say about 2400 mg of sodium for someone in good health; about 1500 mg p/d with high blood pressure or kidney disease. More than that and most people run the risk of incremental increases in blood pressure and risk of other degenerative diseases.

Little Al on July 5, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Little Al on July 5, 2010 at 1:03 am

    OK thanks for the info.

    Norman Blitzer on July 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

ESPN legitimized this foolish contest. Now people, like sheep, watch this trash.

CaliforniaScreaming on July 5, 2010 at 3:53 am

Free Kobi lol

Carlos Ortiz on July 6, 2010 at 12:53 am

Here’s what ESPN won’t show you.

A “Reversal”


Stan on July 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

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