Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Joey Chestnut Named HHR's 2007 Sportsman of the Year
In the week we marked the 66th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, it seems fitting that HuggingHaroldReynolds announces its 2007 Sportsman of the Year, Joseph Christian "Jaws" Chestnut, who in July consumed 66 HDBs (hot dogs and buns) in 12 minutes, setting a new world record at the 92nd Annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating six-time defending champion Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi.
The victory in Coney Island was not just a victory for the well-decorated Chestnut, but also a victory for the America, bringing the coveted yellow mustard belt back Stateside where it rightfully belongs.
"This title's been held by Kobayashi for six years, so it's about time it came home," said Chestnut, holding an American flag in his arms.
Chestnut, the world record holder for consuming sandwiches, waffles, grilled cheese sandwiches, pork ribs, horseshoe sandwiches, gyoza, pulled pork, chicken wings, asparagus, chili, hot dogs and Krystal hamburgers, can add one more accolade to his growing legend, as recipient of the Inaugural HHR Sportsman of the Year.