Turns out this year 287 is the magic number. That's how many Jamie "The Bear" McDonald ate to win it on Friday.
McDonald, who is from Granby, Conn., wore a Tom Brady Patriots jersey for part of the competition.
Incidentally, his feat isn't a record. That was set last year by former hot dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi, who ate 337.
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