COMPETITIVE hero Joey Chestnut bounced back from a rare loss by stealing the show at an NBA game.
The hot-dog-eating champion, 49, was brought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers for their halftime pierogi contest.
Chestnut recently came up short at a shrimp eating contest in Indianapolis.
The Kentucky native was chasing a ninth straight seafood-eating competition title.
But after an unfortunate incident that caught his nose in cocktail sauce, the world’s No. 1 eater could only manage fourth place.
Undeterred by that one setback, Chestnut returned to entertain Cavs fans at their game against the LA Lakers on Tuesday.
The one-man eating machine took on some brave fans and made things look easy.
He taunted 47 alone and destroyed the 33 eaten by all other competitors COMBINED.
Chestnut celebrated with Cavs mascot Sir CC holding up his championship belt.
And fans took to social media to declare him the competitive eating GOAT.
One said: “Every time I see this guy in a competition he beats the runner up by 30%. Is he the greatest athlete of all time?”
Another added: “This guy is the Wayne Gretzky from Pierogis.”
A third laughed: “It’s between him and Usain Bolt in terms of dominance.”
Chestnut currently holds more than 40 world records for eating.
Including most Twinkies in six minutes (121) and 32 Big Macs in 38 minutes.
It was a good night on the court for the Cavs as they defeated the Lakers 116-102 to go 16-9 in the NBA regular season.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6862329/joey-chestnut-nba-contest-loss/ Hot dog-eating champ Joey Chestnut is back on form after a rare loss at the Cavaliers’ NBA game