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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sportsman of the Week Ending 7/9/2017

The definition of sport is "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment."  An American tradition on the Fourth of July as old as time (or at least 1972) is the Coney Island Hot Dog eating contest.  Which is a very physical contest, requiring specific training and skill, sanctioned by the Major League of Eating (MLE), individuals are competing against one another and it must be entertaining because thousands of people show up to watch, and millions watch on TV at home.  And the American hero Joey "Jaws" Chestnut did something never done before in 2017.  At 72 hot dogs in the 10 minutes time, busting his old record of 70.  It was his 10th title in 11 years; he came on the seen to save the United States from Takeru "The Prince"/"The Tsunami" Kobayashi, the Japanese eating phenom who had won six in a row prior to Chestnut's streak.  Sports heroes come in all sizes and with all training background.  But Joey Chestnut is a deserving Sportsman of the Week!

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