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Joey Chestnut Wins 2008 Hot Dog Eating Competition

Nathan's Famous Dog Contest Ends in First Ever Dog Off

The excitement was incredible this morning at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition. The reigning champ Joey Chestnut and the Japanese firecracker Takeru Kobayashi faced off in a shorter — 10 instead of last year's 12 — minute competition to see who could eat the most hot dogs. For the first time in history, after the ten minutes, there was a tie: both Chestnut and Kobayshi, who eat at basically the same pace, had eaten 59 hot dogs.

What happened next was a dog off: whoever could eat five more hot dogs the quickest would win. Although it was neck and neck, Joey Chestnut was victorious and walked away with the coveted mustard belt. When ESPN asked why he had won, Chestnut remarked,

It's fourth ofJuly and you can get through something like this. It came down to who needed it more, he wanted it but I needed it.

Anybody that needs to win a hot dog eating competition seems a little crazy to me. If you missed the competition be sure to check out the video:

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kendallina kendallina 8 years
I watched the end of the contest and it made me sick!
Marci Marci 8 years
This is such a crazy contest, and such a crazy title to want to win! I don't know how they get those dogs down the way they do. eww...
SugarFreak SugarFreak 8 years
Can you imagine being caught in a car with either of them after this contest? Ugh...
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
yay Joey Chestnut!! hometown champ!!!
hannahsnow hannahsnow 8 years
"They attack those hot dogs the way Lindsay Lohan attacks a mini bar." HA!
godeats godeats 8 years
The mutilation of food in eating contests is hot debate in the competitive eating circuit. The biggest professional organization allows the molecular 'adjustment' of food during the contest (like dipping bread-like properties into a liquid), but smaller amateur organizations require that contestants use 'picnic rules' which means the food has to be eaten the way it is eaten in life, with no manipulation of the molecular stability of the ingredients. And yes, I know way too much about a very weird assortment of food-related things. Call me Cliff Clavin....
godeats godeats 8 years
The mutilation of food in eating contests is hot debate in the competitive eating circuit. The biggest professional organization allows the molecular 'adjustment' of food during the contest (like dipping bread-like properties into a liquid), but smaller amateur organizations require that contestants use 'picnic rules' which means the food has to be eaten the way it is eaten in life, with no manipulation of the molecular stability of the ingredients.And yes, I know way too much about a very weird assortment of food-related things. Call me Cliff Clavin....
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Didn't watch today but have seen others. Beef roast BBQ'd for me today.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
The soggy buns got me, too.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
The soggy buns got me, too.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
USA! USA! USA!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
USA! USA! USA!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
:sick:
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
:sick:
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
How is that even possible? I'm hard pressed to even eat two!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
That's so gross!!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
That's so gross!!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
The way they ate the buns (dipped in water) was the thing that did me in. I will never look at a hot dog bun as a normal piece of food.
bangsugar bangsugar 8 years
I watched too, definitely crazy! I'm not craving hot dogs today:)
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