Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating ContestYana Paskova/Getty ImagesThe Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is back on Thursday, with Joey Chestnut still champion.

It's baaa-aack: The Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest (noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN), that Fourth of July/Coney Island staple that lately has seen a run of dominance. Yes, with six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi still at odds with Major League Eating, Joey Chestnut has won six straight titles and is expected to nab No. 7 on Thursday. Meanwhile, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas is looking for a three-peat in the women's division -- and probably will get it. The drama, then, might come through the pursuit of records; both competitors have their eyes on their own historical marks. Of course, there's always the fact that speed-eating is a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.


Seven for 70?

Chestnut has downed 68 dogs twice. Now he's eying the big 7-0 as he goes for title No. 7.

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Will Joey Chestnut break his record (68 hot dogs in 10 minutes) on Thursday?

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Theoretical throwdown

Chestnut twice has eaten 6.8 hot dogs per minute, but Kobayashi posted a 6.45 average in 2009.

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Who would win if six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi were in the field?

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Back in 'Black'?

Thomas is in a league all her own, holding the top four spots on the all-time list. Last year was her best showing, with 45 hot dogs.

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Will Sonya Thomas break her women's record (45 hot dogs in 10 minutes) on Thursday?

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Try this at home

Of course you couldn't match these competitive eaters. But how close could you get?

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How many hot dogs could you eat in 10 minutes?

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Gorging pleasures?

Would you follow suit and munch on hot dogs? Or does something else trigger your inner glutton?

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Which of these is your favorite food to gorge on?

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Gross or great?

All that food. And yet ... all that technique, strategy and, ultimately, drama.

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What do you think of competitive eating?

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