This is what it takes to be a competitive eating champ.
This is what it takes to be a competitive eating champ
The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and that means it’s almost time for Joey Chestnut to test the limits of the human stomach.
Ahead of the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, ESPN premiered a new “30 for 30” documenting the rivalry between Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi. I couldn’t stomach watching the whole thing, but I’m glad I saw this clip of how Chestnut trains for competitions.
Despite what some people may say, that video makes it clear that competitive eaters certainly are athletes. Chestnut isn’t just some guy that likes to eat a lot of food and sometimes does it for money. He’s chewing on stress balls and lifting weights with his teeth to make sure his eating muscles are in tip-top shape.
But don’t get me wrong, the whole thing is still profoundly silly. He’s purposefully filling his stomach with air and making physically squeezing it out to produce some earth-shattering burps. It’s no wonder he works out at home and not in a gym.
No matter how ridiculous it looks, there’s no denying Chestnut’s training system works. At age 35, he’s won 11 of the last 12 Nathan’s contests and has extended his own world record in each of the past three years. How long does he have to keep doing this until we get glowing profiles about “The JC74 Method”?
What a thriller between the U.S. and England
The USWNT advanced to the World Cup final after beating England in an absolute barn burner.
Christen Press and Alex Morgan were the goal scorers in the 2–1 victory, but goalie Alyssa Naeher was the hero with her late penalty save.
Most of the talk, though, was about Morgan’s amazing celebration after her go-ahead goal.
Everyone loved it—except for people in England, of course.
Too bad. This team’s attitude is what makes it so fun. I hope the players are researching Dutch and Swedish stereotypes to mock with their celebrations in the final.
The best of SI
Remember Mo’ne Davis? She’s about to head to college to play softball. ... Where should the remaining non-Kawhi NBA free agents end up? ... NBA teams aren’t even pretending to avoid tampering at this point.
Around the sports world
Yankees announcer John Sterling’s amazing 30-year streak without missing a game will end this weekend. ... Daniel Palka (whose middle name is Bennett) says he wants to go by Julian now. ... Despite missing the England game with an injury, Megan Rapinoe expects to be ready for the final.
Not bad for a utilityman
You can’t hit a frisbee
Holy crap, that sound
The perks of having two shortstops
NFL defensive ends are the most freakish athletes on Earth
Dani Alves turns back the clock in the Copa America
I bet he has a Knicks one, too
Amazing ball control
By god, it’s true
An artcic fox somehow managed to travel 2,000 miles from Norway to Canada in just 76 days. ... A Florida man ate a poisonous fish and his symptoms were made worse because he was high on cocaine. ... A Wisconsin man is going to jail for habitually clogging toilets.
It’s 100 times better with the sound
I think I’ll be seeing this
Every New York subway ad
A good song
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback or follow me on Twitter for approximately one half-decent baseball joke per week. Bookmark this page to see previous editions of Hot Clicks and find the newest edition every day. By popular request I’ve made a Spotify playlist of the music featured here. Visit our Extra Mustard page throughout each day for more offbeat sports stories.