There are lots of ways to prepare for a hot dog eating contest and I've come up with a new one. I haven't eaten a hot dog for months, probably since last summer.
The way I see it, the other contestants in today's Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship qualifier could be burned out. Eight ranked eaters are expected to show up, along with local talent. At some point, don't those dogs lose their appeal? I'm salavating just thinking about them.
We're going to try to earn our way to the July 4 championship, which will be televised by ESPN. We start at noon today in the AMC parking lot at Concord Mills.
The folks putting on the contest asked if I wanted to write about it and, since I was there, if I wanted to eat and compete. Oh, yeah. I'm in. And I'm in to win.
Just as a pitcher who has been out of the game for several months comes back fresh, strong and throwing in the 90s, a guy that hasn't eaten a hot dog for almost a year will come back hungry, rested and ready to consume.
What do you have for me Super Paul Bonebreaker Bigmouth Barlow?
Here's where I have an edge? The hot dogs are free for contestants, right? Never undestimate the ability of a sportswriter to eat free food.