There will forever be a longtime debate in sports over “who is the greatest athlete of all time?” It’s a question that many thinks does not have one single answer. There will be claims from men like Tom Brady, Lebron James, Michael Jordan, and Rafael Nadal. The same will be said from women like Serena Williams, Simone Biles, and Mia Hamm. The debate will always wager in this heated question, but I’m not sure why it exists. Why continue to ask a question that so clearly has one answer?
The greatest athlete of all time is Joey Chestnut, and there is really no debate in my book. This man has trained a part of his body that many others won’t even dare to attempt. He has more individual records in a single event than any other athlete in the world. And, he is more recognized than most athletes who are given months of screen time while he appears for just 10 minutes, once every year.
Chestnut is the hot dog king of America. There is no use in training at this point if you are anyone else because it’s not going to work. This man has proven time and time again that he is not to be challenged and not to be messed with. No other athlete in the world can take as many wieners, soak them in water, and slam them down their throats like Joey Chestnut can. He just set his own world record, yet again, after slamming 76 glizzies in just 10 minutes.
This is his 14th title. When you enter the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, you best know that Joey Chestnut is not just coming for you, but he is hoping to demoralize you. To be honest, he isn’t even concerned about any of the other competitors. That’s what makes him the greatest. He is not concerned that others are challenging him. No, he is just focused on beating a record that he has previously set.
Has he stumbled? Yes. In 2015, Matt Stonie knocked him off by eating 62 dogs to Chestnut’s 60. But how did he respond? He came out the next year and ate 70 while Stonie ate just 52. A year after that, he ate 74. And now, five years later, he is only getting stronger. At the age of 37, he is only getting better at his craft and becoming more dominant. Stonie has not even been able to keep up with Chestnut. In his most recent appearance, he placed fourth in the competition.
I call it a fluke. I call it a bad stomach day. Hell, have we looked into the notion that maybe Stonie was using PED’s the year that he defeated Sir Joey Chestnut? How are we sure that he wasn’t slipping himself Tums or Pepto before the competition began? That’s how good Joey Chestnut is. It is so unbelievable that he could be beaten that I’d rather assume there was foul play. There is no discussion as to who the GOAT is, we already know.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com