July 4, 2020

IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY, OR WHAT? Nathan’s Famous hot dog-eating champs to defend titles in secret locale:“The July Fourth tradition, usually held outside Nathan’s original location on Coney Island’s Surf and Stillwell avenues, will this year take place at a private location in the neighborhood, without a live audience and with COVID-19 safety protocols in place…You can’t cancel Thanksgiving, you can’t cancel Christmas and you can’t cancel the Fourth of July, [competition host George Shea] said. And canceling the hot-dog contest would be like canceling the Fourth of July. That is why we had to make it work one way or another.’”

UPDATE: Joey Chestnut downs record 75 wieners in Nathan’s hot dog eating victory. “Chestnut, 36, whose powerful chops earned him the nickname ‘Jaws,’ turned candy apple red as he shoved dog after dog in his mouth, gorging at a blistering pace — at one point clearing 10 meat sticks and buns a minute as he shattered his 2018 record of 74.” Chestnut “has now claimed 13 of the past 14 annual contests.” A one-man sports dynasty!

(Updated and bumped.)

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