Thursday, July 5, 2018
Joey Chestnut set another world record yesterday when he ate 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win his 11th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest - a 4th of July staple event! It wasn't without drama, though. Even though he beat his nearest competitor by 10 hot dogs, the scorekeepers got it wrong - big time. The actual count was underreported as 64 hot dogs instead of the correct, record-breaking, total of 74 dogs (and the runner up's total was also incorrectly underreported).
Thankfully, post-contest review corrected the totals! But, for those of us watching it live on ESPN, we'd have to wait for the taped replay later that afternoon. ESPN cut away immediately after the event and went to its next scheduled program - without waiting for the correction. That was pretty lame - and a real disservice to the viewers. Fortunately, the 4 PM rebroadcast (and subsequent ones) included the extra footage covering the mini-tempest.
Let's see if the scoring system is changed/modernized for the 2019 edition?!