Sports that Aren’t

Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut gobbles 74 hotdogs, setting new world record at Nathan’s contest

How did competitive gluttony become a “sport?” I can see how this may have originated as one of those ironic events that hipsters and certain bro types are fond of. I guess it caught hold as one of those “competitive hot dog eating, ha ha, but I am amazed by that Joey Chestnut guy” things. Much like the character Donald Trump played on “The Apprentice” became the same guy running for President in many people’s minds. They knew it wasn’t exactly real, but close enough. Competitive hot dog eating isn’t exactly a sport, but close enough. When you get paid a lot of money to eat 74 hot dogs and people are starving to death, well …

© 2018 Joseph Galligan

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