Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/9/13

Year in and year out, Joey Chestnut makes the hot dog eating contest look so easy. Brian Read, a 19-year-old college baseball player spending his summer playing for the Seacoast Mavericks would disagree.  After participating in a hot dog eating contest — which only tested who could eat one hot dog and bun the fastest without water – for charity on Sunday, Read felt some uncomfortable lingering effects. The college sophomore not only finished last in the contest, but he also felt like something was stuck in his throat and was unable to keep any food or liquids down that night and the next morning. After seeking medical attention, muscle relaxers and painkillers were administered, but the problem didn’t go away. An endoscopy then revealed a 1.5 inch-long piece of hot dog that was lodged where the esophagus meets the stomach. Doctors had to perform surgery to remove the foreign object. After recovering on Monday, Read’s eating habits had changed drastically. “I was taking the smallest bites and chewing it to a ground pulp,” he said. It seems pretty safe to say that Read will not be challenging Chestnut in the 2014 Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. Photo via Twitter/@BrianRead3 Photo of the Night Those Connect Four skills have been known to translate smoothly onto the court. Photo via Twitter/@Rajon Rondo Tweet of the Night 1990′s wisdom from the Diamondbacks pitcher. "well that's an unfortunate coincidence"- Alanis Morissette after learning that 'Ironic' contained very little irony— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) July 09, 2013 Video of the Night And this is why a sports section should be added to the SATs.

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