As we rapidly approach the Super Bowl of competitive eating -- Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island -- we are forced to consider (albeit briefly) the eternal question: Is it a sport?
And we answer: Sure. Why not?
It's competitive: Somebody wins; somebody loses.
There's a prize: the legendary Coveted Mustard Yellow Belt.
Of course, we're also on the sporting side for poker, paintball, beer pong and even cheerleading, but those are other debates and other stories for some other day.
Right now, let's eat.
We asked you for your best "food and sports" stories. While the details were varied, one of two common denominators became apparent.
That's OK. We're not here to judge.
Alas, some of the most interesting stories submitted are not repeated here because they were too long to use and we couldn't figure out a way to shorten them. But we have chosen others -- perhaps as a challenge to readers who have never had a "food and sports" moment of their own.
But before we get started, let's get you in the mood with the help of McSaprr -- (Matt Chertkoff Sings and Plays Rock & Roll) -- a performance artist who will be working many of the leading hot-dog vending establishments in New York and New Jersey on Thursday. He's just released his album "Hot Dog Rock" and has given us a sample video concerning the fall of a legendary competitive eater. It can be seen above.
Are you back? Good. Here is a smorgasbord of your replies: