As if yesterday’s fun with Dan Steinberg over at the DC Sports Bog and of course what I will forever remember as getting “Deadspinned” yesterday; for some reason (completely unknown to me), I’m back at it with more good ideas today.
As you know, the Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest is Sunday in New York. While in the past I have traveled to Coney Island myself to be a part of the festivities; this year I have other plans.
BUT…it’s not going to stop me from celebrating one of our great American classic sporting events. In an era when male American tennis players like Andy Roddick have failed to win a Grand Slam event since the 2003 U.S. Open; and when our own golf national championship was won by a man from Northern Island (Graeme McDowell); and when all of the heavyweight boxing titles are held by the likes of England’s David Haye and Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko and Vitali Klitschko; it’s great to celebrate an American champion.
There is no greater American champion than Joey Chestnut…
Chestnut is the 3 time defending champion of the Hot Dog battle; having originally knocked off Takeru Kobayashi in 2007 and setting a new world record with 68 hot dogs and buns just last year in a 10 minute span. He’ll go to New York this year as an overwhelming favorite (Kobayashi’s status in the event is in question due to a dispute with Major League Eating-the association that oversees the contest) to claim victory once more.
There’s no bigger fan of Joey Chestnut than Glenn Clark.
And to celebrate his accomplishments, I have decided to take on one of the most ridiculous challenges of my sporting life. Thanks to our friends at The Old Smokehouse here in town, I am going to attempt to eat 12 hot dogs and buns in a 10 minute span Friday morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST.
For reference, there were competitors in last year’s event-eaters who were amongst the Top 20 in the entire WORLD…who consumed no more than 14 hot dogs in a similar time frame.
There’s no chance I can do THIS…
Drew Forrester is currently trying to raise money, as I have agreed to do this only if I can walk away with $200 should I be successful. My thanks to Intern Ryan Dundee, Luke Jones and Thyrl Nelson for already contributing-as well as listeners like Todd in Towson and George in Havre de Grace. If you’re willing to contribute-I have stated that I must have the money in house Friday before I will compete.
Also, if anyone has a WHAM! t-shirt lying around, we could use that. There has been extra money offered for me to complete the task while sporting the shirt. I’m not entirely sure of how I feel about that.
Drew sees this as a “Cool Hand Luke” type of moment. I’m not really in agreement. And for the record, “Nobody Can Eat 50 Eggs”…
So there it is. I’m going to do this. It’s NOT a good idea. I have plans this weekend out of town, and I’m afraid I’m going to screw my body up so much that I might not survive. For example, here’s a before and after picture of Kobayashi after a past contest…
My stomach looks much closer to the “after” picture to begin with.
This is a bad idea.
But I’ll do anything for money entertainment.
If you’re willing to donate, let me know-email Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org or just stop by 1550 Hart Rd. here in Towson.
And if you work in the medical field, please leave me your information in case I need it.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…