I'm watching ESPN carry the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Context at Coney Island at the corner of Surf Avenue and Stillwell Avenue today. It's really kind of funny - they're treating it like the Olympics or something. Everyone is very serious, they have profiles of the contestants, and I did not know you have to qualify at one of 13 qualifying events to come to Coney on July 4! Amazing!
What's kind of ironic is that (and this is NY heresy here) that I don't even think Nathan's Famous are that great....
More to the point: what does it say about us, when people in the US are hungry, when 35.1 million people in the US do not know where their next meals will come from, when right now the Church of the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in NYC just today - yes they were open on July 4 - served nearly a thousand meals to anyone who showed up, that on national live TV we show a contest about which single individual can eat as much much food as possible without throwing up in 12 minutes?
PS - Joey Chestnut, the American challenger, set a new record and won over the favorite Takeru Kobayashu with 66 dogs eaten.