Every Independence Day, for 97 years, the best eating machines on planet earth gather around on Coney Island and go to town on some hot dogs. To be honest, there are fewer things more American than this.
I've been a fan of this tradition since I was born. There's something about watching men and women stuff their face with water-soaked hot dog buns and wieners that keeps me coming back for more. Not that I'm counting, but today Joey Chestnut won his 6th straight hot dog competition. So how many dogs did he down? 68. Oh, and in 10 minutes. How's that possible you ask? Well, he's the only dude alive who can do it. He's also the only guy I know who can consume 28,000 calories in one sitting and not die.
Seriously, though, when you think about it, what Chestnut can do is unbelievable. In his six-year reign, "Jaws" has scarfed down 382 wieners, establishing himself as undisputed top dog. What he plans on doing after the contest sounds closer to what you and I do on the 4th.
“I’m going to take a nap, drink some beer and watch the fireworks,” he said.
The 28-year-old San Jose, Calif., man took home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion's belt to go along with all the indigestion.
Watch Chestnut in action.
What's even crazier to me is the fact Chestnut makes a living eating competitively. How cool is that?
According to the website Celebrity Net Worth, Chestnut has a net worth of $625,000. Needless to say that makes him one of the most successful in the field of competitive eating.
And yes, Major League Eating is real. HERE is proof.
Hungry yet? Happy eating, everyone.
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