I certainly hope everyone watched what I watched this morning as Joey Chestnut made history in Coney Island at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut rocked the international food eating world as he set a new world record with 66 HDB (hot dogs and buns) in 12 minutes and beat six time champ, Takeru Kobayashi. Chestnut, as the winner, gets to bring the coveted yellow mustard belt back to America. As usual, the competition was broadcast on ESPN and while the contest was entertaining, the real highlight was color commentator Richard Shea who sprinkled in some true gems during the twelve minute contest.
Here are some highlights:
"I dont know if you have ever had your wisdom teeth removed, but its a pain like a Peyton Manning cell phone commercial."
"You google hero tomorrow . . . American hero, you're gonna get Abe Lincoln, possibly Neil Armstrong, Taylor Hicks, and then this man, of course, Joey Chestnut."
"Well Curt Schilling be damned. Kobayashi is bringing it, he's just two hot dogs behind Chestnut right now. We have nearly four minutes remaining in this competition. The table enders now not even in focus because the entire world . . . the entire free world is focused on these two men."
"This would be the greatest moment in the history of American sports if Chestnut can bring the belt home to Coney Island."
"He [Chestnut] may have indeed changed the course of this nation . . . Chestnut is a true American hero."
"It's a great day for America."
It truly is. Thank you, Joey Chestnut for letting me watch sports history.