No, we're not talking about "The Kramer." It's time again for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest held every year on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island, NY.
Televised live on ESPN starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, it represents the kind of gripping gastronomic drama that is sure to keep you from reaching for that extra slice of pie at the family picnic.
Last year's exciting match had to go to a five-dog overtime after both multi-year champion Takeru Kobayashi and American challenger Joey Chestnut consumed FIFTY-NINE frankfurters during the 10-minute competition. (Joey Chestnut, heh. You can't make this stuff up.)
Joey pounded his wieners down in 50 seconds to claim the title. To remind you of what this meant to our country during the various crises that plagued us last summer, here's a quote from the commissioner of Major League Eating:
"Gas is approaching $5 a gallon, tomatoes are unsafe to eat, but the Mustard Yellow Belt is on American soil. Joey Chestnut is an agent of change," said Richard Shea of Major League Eating.
USA! USA! USA!