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Oxford Jr. Wildcats Coach Joe Viviano shows off his game face as he devours a hot dog during a contest at the 24th Street Sports Tavern. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio. (click for larger version)
April 18, 2012 - Raising money to help little kids live their dreams typically gives folks a heartwarming feeling.

But in the case of eight Oxford Jr. Wildcats (OJW) coaches, it was more like heartburn.

As part of a fund-raiser for the popular youth football program, these coaches participated in a hot dog eating contest at the 24th Street Sports Tavern in downtown Oxford.

It was the freshman coaches versus the junior varsity coaches as the two, four-man teams went head to head – and bun to bun.

Each team was given a heaping tray of 20 hot dogs to consume within 10 minutes.

But these weren't your average size wieners. No, sir.

These were jumbo dogs – much thicker and meatier than the standard frankfurter everyone knows and loves.

In the end, the JV coaches – which included Matt Wandrie, Ken Barrott, Joe Viviano and Scott Darrin – claimed the trophy after devouring 17.5 dogs.

The freshman coaches – which included Aaron Carpenter, Jeff Walter, Buck Myer and Paul Schroeder – downed 15 dogs.

It's interesting to note that following the contest, Rolaids' stock price experienced a sharp increase.

All in all, the event raised about $1,570 for the OJW program.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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