The 2011 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is in the books and Bay Area native Joey Chestnut will bring back a fifth consecutive mustard belt. While some may question whether professional eating is a real sport and whether these are real athletes, I'm willing to say right here, right now, Joey Chestnut is the most dominant athlete in Bay Area sports history. His fifth title evens him with the San Francisco 49ers five Super Bowls, only Chestnut did it in five straight attempts. If that doesn't equal greatness, I don't know what does.
Chestnut faced a stiff test for the first time since Takeru Kobayashi was competing as Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti hung a mere two hot dogs back at the five minute mark even as Chestnut was on a record pace. However, over the closing minutes, Chestnut pulled away and finished with a 6-8 dog margin (depending on who you ask). Your top four finishers:
1. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut - 62
2. Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti - 55
3. Tim Janus, a.k.a. Eater X - 43
4. Bob "The Notorious B.O.B." Shoudt - 39
If you missed out on Chestnut's continued run of greatness, here is video of the event.