(Hot) Dogging It

All due respect to the fine participants in Saturday’s Spectacle Island hot dog eating contest, but really, this (via the Boston Globe) is what it takes to win?

[Robert] Lavallee, an 18-year-old who likes his dogs with steak sauce, Dijon mustard, and relish, sprinted and stretched before devouring seven frankfurters and a big bite of his eighth to win the 10-minute competition.

Seven-and-a-big-bite hot dogs in ten minutes? Not to get all New York on you, but at the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, they down almost ten times that number of franks in the same amount of time.

Regarding the most recent Nathan’s eat-off:

Joey Chestnut today won the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth International Eating Contest by eating 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, 3 1/2 more than Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, his arch-rival.

Personally, I don’t eat hot dogs (long story, rather not tell it).

So I say this More in Sorrow Than in Anger to the Spectacle Island  doggers:


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