People love to debate until they are blue in the face about whether or not cheerleading is considered a sport, but what about competitive eating? Some say anything that involves competition is a sport, but McDonald’s and Burger King compete with each other constantly and they aren’t exactly playing racquetball. World hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut recently tied his own world record when he ate 68 hot dogs at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. The act of seeing how much you can eat, he says, is definitely a sport.
“I consider myself an athlete,” Chestnut said during an interview with Josh and Charod on XX Sports Radio in San Diego. “I consider it a sport. But I can see that there’s arguments from people who say it’s not a sport. … There’s people who can pick things apart if they try, but if you actually look at competitive eating and watch the contests, you’ll see that we’re pushing each other and you see the competition among the people on stage.
“It’s obvious it’