With July 4th celebrating the independence of your great nation, it’s time for one of the United States of America’s proudest moments; the 2012 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.
And as always, you won’t want to miss this pork-coma-inducing action!
The annual event will not be televised live this year, but you can still catch all the fun as it happens via ESPN’s live stream.
Nothing says Fourth of July like a family huddled around a computer watching people stuff their faces.
Isn’t that what America is really all about?
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When: Wednesday, July 4
Time: Women's Championship, 11:30 a.m. ET; Men's Championship, 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Coney Island, New York
Watch: ESPN will run tape delay at 3:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Women’s Top Contender: Sonya Thomas
Sonya Thomas is known as the Black Widow in the competitive eating circles because of her petite frame and her deadly ability to eat tons and tons of food.
After competing in a unified men’s and women’s class, Nathans finally separated the two, and Thomas won the inaugural competition last year by eating 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
If she keeps bringing the kind of hunger that she has brought to all the competitions she was in with the boys, Sonya will have no problem winning easily again.
Men’s Top Contender: Joey Chestnut
For those that don’t keep up on their competitive eating, Joey Chestnut is the Michael Jordan of the sport. With five consecutive Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest titles, there is little doubt that the favorite coming into Wednesday is Chestnut.
Chestnut holds the world record with 68 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes, but he hasn’t topped that record since 2009. This year may be different.
The talk of Takeru Kobayashi and his competing hot dog eating contest will only fuel chestnut in his quest to become the most decorated competitive eater in the world.
With the chaos of the annual hot dog eating contest enveloping New York, there will only be one true winner this July 4th; the fans!
Every time we go back to that grill to grab another hot dog or hamburger and think we are eating too much, we can look back to Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas to see we really aren’t so bad.
Yes, eating five hot dogs isn’t good for your body, but it’s better than 60+. I’m no doctor, but I’m certain of that.
So just enjoy the day off and enjoy being with the people you care about. You have the freedom to be happy, that’s what this day is all about.