Last year Joey Chestnut added a romantic touch to the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest by proposing to his girlfriend just before winning his eighth consecutive title. The betting odds suggest Chestnut is a lock to extend his winning streak in the annual Fourth of July eating competition to nine. But if the past two years are any indication, Chestnut's biggest threat will be Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. He was runnerup in 2013 and 2014, and narrowed the margin of victory from 69-51 to 61-56. We discuss further on this episode of The Rundown.
Takeru Kobayashi was runnerup the first three years of Chestnut's title run. Kobayashi hasn't competed in the Nathan's event since 2010 because of a contract disagreement with Major League Eating.