Day 29: Competitive Eating: I like

by Sara

It’s today!!! Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is today!!! And the latest odds from

“2012 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Odds

On July 4th, Joey Chestnut will look to defend his reign as “Hot Dog Eating Champion” in Coney Island. Chestnut has held the title since 2007.

Chestnut enters the event as an overwhelming favorite at -800. This essentially means that you’d need to wager 8 dollars to profit 1 dollar.

You can also bet on the over/under on how many dogs he’ll put down. That number is 62.5. This is a much more economical bet as you only have to risk $11 to profit $10 on your selection.

Chestnut ingested 62 Nathan’s hot dogs in 2011, 54 in 2010 and a record setting 68 in 2009.

Unless someone comes out of the closet, Chestnut’s only real competition in the contest is Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti who gobbled up 53 dogs last year. Bovada has set Deep Dish’s over/under at 53.

In the women’s bracket, Sonya Thomas will be back to defend her title as top hot dog eater. She downed a whopping 40 last year! She dominated the field as her next closest competition was only able to put down 29.”

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, yay

Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, yay

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, yay

More great eaters for this year:

Tim “Eater X” Janus, yay

Bob “Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt, yay

10:00 a.m.: Pre-Show Begins

11:30 a.m.: Women’s Championship, ESPN3

12:00 p.m.: Men’s Championship, ESPN3