ESPN’s annual tradition of broadcasting Joey Chestnut stuffing his face for his country suffered a tragic mishap this year, as the sports network’s broadcast of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest suddenly lost its video feed right as the reigning champion set a new world record.
Videos of the broadcast shared on Twitter showed the competition’s video feed cutting out right as Chestnut finished his record 76th hot dog, beating his previous high for the most consumed in 10 minutes. Chestnut has now won the Nathan’s title in 14 of the last 15 years, losing only once to Matt Stonie in an upset in 2015.
But instead of the usual tongue-in-cheek praises of Chestnut’s heroic digestive system, Twitter was filled with outrage that the historic moment had been ruined by technical difficulties…along with a few “Infinity War” references.
— Dan (@DanC121) July 4, 2021
— Lord Deimos (@LordDeimos867) July 4, 2021
ESPN ruining the hot dog eating contest is unamerican
— Megan (@MeganMakinMoney) July 4, 2021
look at joey chestnut dominating the hot dog eating contest on ESPN! pic.twitter.com/E4nn2RQhLk
— Brandon (@B_wheels44) July 4, 2021
ESPN's production quality today are on par with my Zoom meetings. pic.twitter.com/BAeya0WxSv
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 4, 2021
The ESPN feed during the last 4 minutes of the hot dog eating contest pic.twitter.com/26nDVfN47P
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) July 4, 2021
Tomorrow we find out ESPN paid hackers $92 million of crypto in ransom to restore the hot dog feed
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 4, 2021
Regardless of the broadcasting disaster, Chestnut has continued his reign as the most famous competitive eater in the world, now having eaten 1,089 hot dogs over the course of his Nathan’s career. That’s roughly 163,000 calories consumed in just under three hours of eating time. In just the first three minutes of this year’s contest alone, Chestnut downed 30 hot dogs, putting him on pace to clear his previous record of 75 dogs.
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