Monday, July 4, 2011

Hot Dog Drama

The annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest was held today in Coney Island - and was again mired in controversy. As if we didn't already have enough Wiener Drama here in NYC.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut won his fifth straight Mustard Belt by chowing down 62 dogs in 10 minutes - while Sonia "Black Widow" Thomas won the first ever Women's Division "Pepto Bismol Belt" by eating 40 dogs.

But back in Manhattan, former champ and competitive eating renegade Takeru Kobayashi (below) allegedly consumed 69 hot dogs at an unsanctioned even on some rooftoop. Kobayashi was ineligible to compete in the official contest because he refuses to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating.

And YES, this does sound like a post from The Onion but it's actually the real thing. We take our wieners (and our winners) very seriously here in NYC.


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