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Joey Chestnut: Is He an American Hero?

By Mike A On March - 29 - 2010

Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, July 4th.

Does it get more American?

Find me an American over the age of three that has never eaten a hot dog, and I will be greatly impressed.

Call competitive eating what you want, but nobody can dare to insult a Nathan's hot dog.

On July 4th, no matter how disgusting and disturbing it might be, America's focus is set on Coney Island, New York where the annual hot dog eating contest occurs yearly.

Year-in and year-out 20 men will go against their common sense (if they have any), and attempt to eat more hot dogs in the span of 10 minutes than the average man eats in a year.

However, what people fail to realize is that this 'Great American Tradition' was, for a period of six years, dominated by a man from Japan.

And we almost lost it.

Takeru Kobayashi would arrive at the corner of Surf and Stilwell every 4th of July only to break the hearts of American's everywhere, and take the Mustard Belt out of the country where it belonged.

Enter Joey Chestnut.

This 'dynasty' was finally ended back in 2007 when Joey Chestnut downed 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.

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