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Open Thread: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

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The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is a beautiful tradition and one of the most elegant and perennial of uncommon sports. As evidenced by this site's logo, it is the inspiration for athletic achievement beyond the norm. Beyond the "common". It is a perfect  blend of strategy, athleticism and beef product.

Joey Chestnut is the odds on favorite this year as the immortal Kateru Kobayashi appears to be in the twilight of his career. Will there be another challenger to usurp the favorites? Will there be a gag reflex to usurp the partially digested hot dogs? Only time will tell.

The winner of the event will win $10,000. More importantly, he or she will go down in history as one of the greatest eaters of all time.