Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

July 7, 2011

All American: Hot Dogs and Indy Cars. Uh, Wait. We’re Going To Canada. And Hot Dogs Can Kill You.

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 9:11 am

Yay me. Back from a mini-vacation and feeling refreshed, but no less cynical.

One of the many reasons ESPN must go as a future ‘partner’ of Indy Car goes a lot deeper than just neglect of the Indy Car franchise. It includes highly questionable editorial decision making that sees events such as the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest seeing the light of day on television.

When did gluttony become a sport OR entertainment? Has society really devolved to such a primitive state? I have always liked Paul Page but when he is relegated mostly to drag racing and also gets stuck calling men shoving wieners down their throats (literally) it is a wonder he ever achieved the things he did in Indy Car.

That contest would not necessarily be as bad if Nathan’s product, like most other mainstream brands, did not suck so much in a general sense. Admittedly I am operating from personal taste, which tells me their casing is too tough and the dog just does not have enough flavor. There really ought to be more disclosure regarding the pieces and parts that get ground up to go inside those things. Plus, a regular diet of that crap will kill you young.  Nathan’s in particular in my case cause noxious gas and eventually force an unpleasant and involuntary evacuation of the entire intestinal tract.

This year they even had a competition for women, won by a 43-year-old South Korean gal named Sonya Thomas. How would you like to be the guy married to her and wonder, like me, whether such wiener gobbling techniques transfer in any way to her personal relationships and whether she can handle more, uh, girth?

My cynical side takes ESPN to task for a lot of things, but what can any normal person say about society in general when 1.67 million people tune in to watch what is essentially a disgusting display of animal behavior cloaked as a glorified infomercial? I can see almost 40,000 showing up. People in that part of the country are, by and large, freaks.

That one event should demonstrate conclusively to Indy Car leadership how important shameless self promotion really is.

I wish we had an Indy Car race to which to look forward this weekend, but we will have to settle for racing against a clock, crisp shifting and a street parade along narrowly barricaded public thoroughfares in Toronto instead. In that sense is it any wonder ESPN chooses gluttonous primates instead? Obviously people believe it is more exciting.



  1. Couldn’t agree more.

    Comment by IcyFog — July 7, 2011 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

  2. Maybe they should have hotdog eating comps at all INDYCAR events.

    Comment by Monty — July 8, 2011 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  3. Agreed. The Nascar race was on Sat night and, other than baseball, there were no major sporting events on Sun and Mon. (I refuse to count the hot dog contest as major no matter how many people watch it.) It seems like perfect timing for an Indycar race somewhere in the US. I recall complaints from fans with the fact that last year’s Watkins Glen race was on July 4th weekend, so as usual there’s 2 sides to this issue.

    Comment by indymoon — July 8, 2011 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

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