- Posted July 4, 2013 by
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Downin' Dogs in Coney Island
- jccarp, CNN iReport producer
Today’s edition of the traditional July 4th staple was held as always in front of the original Nathan’s in the heart of Brooklyn’s Coney Island. Thousands lined the intersection of Surf and Stillwell Avenues to see this event, euphemistically categorized as “competitive eating.” But who am I to cast doubt on the competitive nature of the contest, as it was after all broadcast on ESPN.
Porky’s progeny were consumed in massive quantities, with Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas taking her third consecutive woman’s title, downing 36 ¾ dogs and beating out by a snout “The Lovely” Juliet Lee’s 36. In the men’s division, Joey Chestnut captured his seventh straight title—an accomplishment surely commensurate with Roger Clemens seven Cy Young awards—by making short work of 69 franks. Chestnut broke his own world record of 68, which he set last year.
Regardless of where you yourself place these accomplishments in the pantheon of sports, I would not advise arguing its merits with the enthusiastic crowd that stood like mad dogs and Englishmen in the noonday sun banging their Nathan’s thunder sticks and cheering on this conspicuous consumption of pork.