Thursday, July 04, 2013
Joey Takes Coney Again!
Here we are again, the July 4th Nathan's hot dog eating competition at Coney Island. And as the saying goes, "It wasn't even close."
Defending champion out of San Jose, California, Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut retains the mustard yellow championship belt with a record 69 hot dogs eaten. Jaws went into the competition ranked #1 and guess what, he's now the undisputed Hot Dog eating champion, bar none.
Here in the Bay Area we just might need to add Jaws to our Wall of Fame. This is his seventh consecutive championship since first taking the belt from six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi. Las Vegas even had a spread on Jaws, imagine that. Joey Jaws, welcome to the pinnacle of sports. You Go Dog!
Competition History - On July 4th, 1916, four immigrants on Coney Island were having an argument debating who was the most patriotic. They decided to settle the argument by having an eating competition at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs stand. That eating competition became a yearly tradition that has continued to grow in popularity over the past 96 years.