Joey Chestnut won his sixth consecutive hot dog eating contest, and ten thousand in cash, today, leaving his closest competitor in the dust 68-52 in the ten minute contest. Tying his personal and the world record, over the course of six wins, Chestnut has eaten a total of 377 hot dogs, an average of 5.9 a minute. The rules state one has to eat a bun for every dog for them to count.
One hesitates to call this a sport though ESPN carries coverage every July 4th. But then the letters stand for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network don’t they.
Highlights from last year’s contest: