I saw a link on digg.com this morning for the results of the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, a particularly intense competition this year which was televised on ESPN. Now it goes without saying that I am extremely proud that the gold has finally been brought back to US soil, for it has been a long, difficult six years in which we have had to tolerate the foreign hot dog eating prowess of Takeru Kobayashi. Congratulations Joey Chestnut -what a name, what a guy!
Beyond the intense nationalistic pride I derive from one of this country’s most important sporting events held in its most important city by the sea, I actually got a fun reminder of the wikipedia-as-journalism phenomenon that the New York Times talked about recently here. The digg.com link was to wikipedia wherein I found such a wealth of information about the contest with the most up-to-date information along with an in-depth history of the event that I started to realize yet again, just how much I love wikipedia. I mean come on, Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi already have their own articles, and they are both extremely substantial. We live in interesting times, indeed.