Photos: Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Robert & Robbie Bailey

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    Nathan's Hot Dog Eating ContestOthers chose to commemorate our nation's birth...

Photographs: Robert & Robbie Bailey

There was controversy Sunday, when Joey Chestnut's rival Takeru Kobayashi—not competing because of a contract dispute—was arrested for trespassing. But let's not let this ugly chapter distract us; Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is bigger than one rivalry. It's an expression of the eternal struggle between man and tyranny—in this case, the tyranny of hot dogs. We think. Whatever: Chestnut won with 54 hot dogs and buns consumed in ten minutes. USA! USA!