For what it’s worth, 11/05/15

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I’ll have the fish bladder on the side, please

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My frank opinion

 Joey Chestnut wins 7th contest with record 69 dogs (AP, via NBC sports)

NEW YORK – Joey Chestnut has downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest.

The San Jose, Calif., man known as Jaws scarfed down the dogs and buns to win the Fourth of July men’s contest. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion’s belt.

Sonya Thomas, a 100-pound dynamo known as the “Black Widow” of competitive eating, wolfed down nearly 37 wieners for a narrow victory in the women’s competition.

Sixty-nine hot dogs. In 10 minutes.

And we’re supposed to be impressed? We’re supposed to celebrate?

One of these days, one of these “competitive eaters” is going to burst on stage. Seriously . . . he or she is going to drop dead before our very eyes. And then we’ll all wring our hands and say what an awful thing these competitions are, and how they should be banned, or at least regulated.

This is a horror that WILL happen. Guaranteed. Maybe it’ll be the 70th hot dog, or maybe the 71st.

C’mon, Joey. You can do it. Be the first competitive eater to drop dead on national television. Your fans are counting on you.

Exit Paula Deen

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In Savannah, Many Defend Paula Deen From Critics (New York Times)

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The line of Paula Deen fans waiting for her restaurant here to open grew throughout the hot, muggy morning Saturday.

They discussed what they might select from the buffet inside The Lady and Sons, her wildly popular restaurant in the heart of Savannah.

But they also talked of boycotting the Food Network, which dropped their beloved TV chef on Friday after she awkwardly apologized for having used racial slurs and for considering a plantation-themed wedding for her brother, with well-dressed black male servants.

Interesting piece. The last quote is “She’s a cook. She’s not a Harvard graduate.”

But you don’t have to be a Harvard graduate to know that the world has changed, and behaviors that may have been the norm 50 years ago are not the norm now.

Paula Deen’s behavior was unacceptable, and it made her a liability. I think the Food Network did the right thing.