Sunday, June 03, 2007

59 1/2: Takeru, You're Next

Forget about Barry Bonds' pursuit of Hank Aaron-- real sports fans know that the hottest ticket in town this summer will be July 4th's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

That's where 6-time winner Takeru Kobayashi, the Michael Jordan of competitive eating, will face his stiffest challenge yet: Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California.

Chestnut just smashed Takeru's record of 53 3/4 hot dogs by downing a remarkable 59 1/2 Nathan's franks, complete with buns.

Will the sport's greatest champion rise to the occasion? Or will he simply prove once again that no dynasty lasts forever? I know what I'll be watching on July 4th this year. And it won't be the fireworks.

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