Joey Chestnut is again a hot dog eating-champion, breaking his own record for a stunning 76 wieners … something that would’ve been great to see, but made impossible by ESPN.
The annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest was held once more Sunday — a 4th of July tradition now — and JC was gunning for an even higher count than last year’s haul … which clocked in at 75, a new world record at the time. In 2021, he surpassed it by one.
Joey was scarfing down dogs on camera, but when the crucial moment arrived for hot dogs 75 and 76 … the broadcast glitched up big time, and a still shot of Joey stayed frozen on screen for a good few seconds. Moments later, time had jumped … and everyone missed it.
ESPN’s production quality today are on par with my Zoom meetings. pic.twitter.com/BAeya0WxSv
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 4, 2021
As incredible of a feat it was for Joey, his performance was unfortunately outshined by the technical issue … which is going more viral than even Joey is right now. Some folks captured the flub live and reposted it on the internet … and yeah, it’s as bad as they’re making it out to be.
Anyway … congrats to Joey for taking the big prize (again) and holding on tightly to the belt. It’s not an easy task, especially when you’re pretty much tasked with one-upping your own stomach year after year … something he’s done successfully for quite a long time now.
Joey Chestnut’s record-breaking 76 hot dog feast by the numbers 🌭 pic.twitter.com/AqXNMoMFKa
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 4, 2021
BTW, if you’re wondering what he wolfed down in 10 minutes by the nutrition facts numbers — it amounted to 22,800 calories, 1,368 grams of fat, 1,824 grams of carbs and 836 grams of protein. That’s about 11 days and change worth of grub for one person … lordy.