Joey Chestnut broke his personal world file on the annual Nathan’s Scorching Canine Consuming Contest Sunday — a Fourth of July feat a lot of America missed due to ESPN’s shoddy stay feed.
Reside footage from the competition in Coney Island lower out 3 times — together with simply because the 37-year-old consuming champ hoovered up his 76th sizzling canine and bun in entrance of a packed Maimonides Park stadium.
Chestnut eclipsed his earlier file of 75 sizzling canine and buns in 2020, when the competitors was held at Nathan’s headquarters in Williamsburg with out an viewers.
Sunday’s whole topped that of Chestnut’s closest competitor, Geoffrey Esper, by 26 canine.
Chestnut held the lead for the whole lot of the 10-minute contest. ESPN’s feed started to chop out and in within the final 5 minutes earlier than going completely darkish as Chestnut chewed his 76th canine with second remaining on the clock.
Followers had been outraged to overlook the historic end.
“10 minutes, yearly, and also you completely blew it, @espn,” tweeted @notmalkinego. “in any case we’ve been by, we deserve to look at joey chestnut with out interruption.”
The victory marks Chestnut’s 14th on the competitors. Ranked primary on the earth by Main League Consuming, the California native has received all however one Nathan’s contest since 2006.
Hundreds of individuals from throughout the nation packed the stadium for the 2021 competitors, desperate to get again to regular after the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s a staple of New York,” stated Valerie Gagnon, 45, of Lengthy Island. “That is what 4th of July is – it’s American, it’s sizzling canine.”
Raed Jarrar, who works for Nathan’s as president of its in-house “BunBoy Nation” hype crew, famous the wonderful climate.
“The climate sucked the entire weekend, however right this moment, God is aware of to shine his solar down on America for the Scorching Canine Consuming Contest,” stated Jarrar, 40.
“For us to be again this yr I feel is an indication that Individuals at the moment are united, and that we’re one robust individuals,” he added. “And we’re united round sizzling canine, and we’re united across the buns. It’s all concerning the sizzling canine, it’s all concerning the buns.”
Organizers have promised to return to the competition’s historic staging floor exterior the Nathan’s Well-known on Surf Avenue for subsequent yr’s competitors.