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Is Joey Chestnut Elite?

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Is Joey Chestnut Elite?

Is Joey Chestnut elite?

Yes. Ten times over yes. One time over for each of his ‘Mustard Belts’ (yes that’s what it’s called, for real).

Joey Chestnut is elite. He is 6’1’’, 230 lbs of greatness that some hotdog deity put on this planet to do two things. Eat hot dogs and win.

For those who are unfamiliar with the demi-god that is Joey Chestnut and his career, here’s a quick synopsis:

2007 - J.C. stormed onto the scene by upsetting the only other competitive eater you’ve probably ever heard of, Kobayashi. In a performance reminiscent of a young Tom Brady beating the 2002 ‘Greatest Show On Turf’ Rams, Joey upset the heavily favorited six-time consecutive champion Kobayashi. This was only the beginning.

2008-14 - Greatness happened. Eight times consecutively it happened. More than once setting the world hot dog eating record…. Only to break it himself the next year. LeBron has made it to seven straight finals? Cool. Joey went to eight and won them all.

2015 - Heartbreak. I remember exactly where I was when it happened, just like most people do I’m sure. Up and coming competitive eater Matt Stonie shocked the world. He narrowed out Chestnut in a beautiful display of hotdog consumption with 62-60 dog win. People began to doubt the half human, half hotdog eating cyborg that is Joey Chestnut.  

2016 - People were wrong. Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut stormed back and took his title in probably the greatest showing of patriotism ever displayed on the Fourth of July. Wolfing down 70 dogs in 10 minutes Chestnut once again returned to the top of the competitive eating mountain.

July 4th, 2017 - Just Joey being Joey, winning stuff, breaking records, being a champ. Also known as an average Tuesday for the man with as many rings he has fingers (**belts, but you get the analogy). 72 dogs in 10 mins and 10 years a champion. Oh and setting a new world hotdog eating record, again.

People like to debate a lot about “GOATs” (greatest of all time), LeBron James vs Michael Jordan, Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning, Wayne Gretzky vs. (Well that’s kind of just him). Yet those don’t matter. None of them matter. In the world of competitive sports-ish. Joey is the GOAT of GOATs.

Chestnut is one of the greatest winners in our generation and probably the history of the world. Is Joey Chestnut elite?

Yes.

And you better put some respect on his name.

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Chicago Red Stars come up short in first-ever NWSL final appearance

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Chicago Red Stars come up short in first-ever NWSL final appearance

For all the positive momentum and attention the Chicago Red Stars received for reaching the NWSL Championship, things unraveled quickly once the game kicked off.

The Red Stars’ first appearance in the NWSL final was not one to remember. The host North Carolina Courage won 4-0 to win their second straight NWSL title.

Vanessa DiBernardo had an early shot for the Red Stars in the second minute which required a solid save from Stephanie Labbe. After that, the Red Stars were under siege,

The top-seeded Courage got a goal in the fourth minute from Debinha and kept piling on the pressure. Two more goals put the game out of reach before the break. U.S. national teamer Sam Mewis added a fourth goal on a header in the second half.

Red Stars forward Sam Kerr, who broke her own single-season record with 18 goals this season and was named the league MVP just days before the final, was unable to get on the board. The Australian had a pair of solid chances, but couldn’t convert.

The Red Stars went 2-0-1 against the Courage in the regular season and Kerr scored in all three of those games. Neither of those trends continued.

The Red Stars’ season featured a fifth straight playoff appearance and a first-ever final appearance. They won a semifinal in front of a raucous home crowd the week before. They also had a record crowd of 17,388 in a July 21 match that was the first game back for the team’s returning World Cup winners. However, the final defeat, and especially the way it happened, will leave a bitter taste in their mouths.


Red Stars coach Rory Dames tweeted out some reaction to the final.