Joey Chestnut rules that a hot dog is not a sandwich

1:57 | College Football
#DearAndy: Is a hot dog a sandwich, taco or neither?
Wednesday July 19th, 2017

Joey Chestnut, the 10-time Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest champion, took to Twitter on National Hot Dog day to share his two cents on whether a hot dog is a sandwich on National Hot Dog Day.

Chestnut recently set a record by consuming 72 hot dogs in the 10-minute contest on July 4 in Coney Island.

"It's #NationalHotDogDay as President, I want it to be known the Hot Dog stands free and independent from the tyranny of the sandwich," Chestnut tweeted. 

You obviously want to know where I stand on this longstanding debate. In college, my roommate Joe (no, not Mr. Chestnut) convinced me that a hot dog is a sandwich. His explanation pulls a little bit from Plato's Theory of Forms on how ideas make up reality. He is of the belief that everything is a sandwich because everything has sandwich-like properties. Some have more sandwich-like properties than others. You can make the case that a Reuben has more sandwich-like properties than a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich. That PB&J sandwich has more sandwich-like properties than a bowl of fettuccine alfredo. Hot dogs and tacos have sandwich-like properties, and so it's not incorrect to throw them into the sandwich camp.

It's a debate that will go on until the end of time. You can decide whether you side with my college roommate Joe or Joey Chestnut. 

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