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Is a hot dog a sandwich? Nathan's eating contest is time to tell truth


Is a hot dog a sandwich? Nathan's eating contest is time to tell truth

Hi guys, Jess Kleinschmidt here to ruin your day. Just kidding. Kind of.

But I am here to bring a take -- a very hot take I have been sitting on for the past five years, and the Fourth of July is the perfect time of year to bring said take.

Ahem, here we go.

A hot dog is a sandwich. There ... I said it.

Now, I want you to know I do have some backup on this. 

For me, it's pretty simple. If you can put a piece of meat on a split roll -- BOOM! -- you have a sandwich.

One definition of a sandwich is when you have "two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between." That is from Merriam-Webster.com, fam.


"Sandwich" also is defined as one slice of bread covered with food, so don't act as if you've never run out of buns and used a piece of bread instead. Because you have. And so has Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson.

So did Steph Curry when we asked him a couple of years back.

And when a hot dog is served in a roll, it's also a sandwich. Again, Webster said this, so get angry with him, not me. 

Jeff Mauro, host of Food Network's "Sandwich King," weighed in on the debate with "The Daily Beast" after he admitted, "People argue over this like sports."

“The definitive answer is yes!" he said. "Because there is the kingdom of sandwiches, and then you have the class of horizontal-cased meats, and under that in the phylum is a hot dog.

"It’s between carbs. It’s hand-held. It eats and chews like a sandwich, and there are two independent sides.”

Now, this could create debate on what exactly is defined as a roll, but you can argue amongst yourselves because I have enough on my plate.

For fun, I also bring in other sources to back you die-hard non-sandwichers.

One, Joey Chestnut -- the hot dog eating champion of the world -- has told me it's definitely not a sandwich. He's also told MLB.com's Cut4 the same.

That's right -- I came to class prepared.

Two, The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yes, that's a thing) made a call:

"Our verdict is … a hot dog is an exclamation of joy, a food, a verb describing one 'showing off' and even an emoji. It is truly a category unto its own."

So basically, a hot dog is a just ... a hot dog, according to the council. 

Some have even called it ... a taco

Despite how you feel about what category -- or what family the hot dog belongs to -- people everywhere are fascinated by this question, especially this time of year when ESPN hosts Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Bay Area native Chestnut again will participate in the contest we love to hate-watch.

The annual event will air on ESPN at 7:45 a.m. PT for the women and 9 a.m. PT for the men. 

Hope you enjoy celebrating America and watching women and men stuff their faces with ... sandwiches. 

Simon Pagenaud holds off Alexander Rossi for first Indianapolis 500 win


Simon Pagenaud holds off Alexander Rossi for first Indianapolis 500 win

The month of May has been kind to Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud.

Two weeks after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix, the 35-year-old from France won his first career Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Pagenaud, who celebrated his birthday on May 18, beat out Alexander Rossi to capture the checked flag.

With one-and-a-quarter laps to go, Pagenaud passed Rossi for the lead and never gave it back.

Here's the thrilling finish, which was broadcast on NBC for the first time:

Will Power, the defending Indy 500 champion, finished fifth.

Pagenaud was so excited after his win that he dumped the entire bottle of milk over his head. When he tried to take a sip, there was nothing left.

Shortly after his big win, Pagenaud tweeted about the accomplishment, saying "Dreams do come true."

Pagenaud and his team capped off the memorable day by kissing the bricks. Must have been sweet.

Kentucky Derby 2019 post positions: Draw, lineup with Omaha Beach scratched


Kentucky Derby 2019 post positions: Draw, lineup with Omaha Beach scratched

The 145th Kentucky Derby won't have its prohibitive favorite

Omaha Beach (4-1 favorite entering today) will not race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, and Bodexpress (30-1) will enter the field instead. The favorite was set to run in the No. 12 post position, but Omaha Beach's late scratch means Code of Honor (12-1) will run in the vacated post, the Kentucky Derby announced Wednesday on Twitter. 

In fact, all horses in posts 13 through 20 will move in one position as Bodexpress runs from the No. 20 post. Here are the fully updated post positions for Saturday's race. 

1. War of Will (15-1)
2, Tax (20-1)
3. By My Standards (15-1)
4. Gray Magician (50-1)
5. Improbable (5-1)
6. Vekoma (15-1)
7. Maximum Security (8-1)
8. Tacitus (8-1)
9. Plus Que Parfait (30-1)
10. Cutting Humor (30-1)
11. Haikal (30-1)
12. Code of Honor (12-1)
13. Win Win Win (12-1)
14. Master Fencer (50-1)
15. Game Winner (9-2)
16. Roadster (5-1)
17. Long Range Toddy (30-1)
18. Spinoff (30-1)
19. Country House (30-1)
20. Bodexpress (30-1)