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CLICK TO EXPAND: Molly Schuyler, 42, of Harwood, Maryland, took first place in the 13th annual Independence Burger Eating Championship and a $2,000 prize. She got a big check — in more ways than one — from Z-Burger owner Peter Tabibian. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)

Imagine eating dozens of burgers in the sweltering heat for a cash prize.

It happens every year in the District, and on Friday nine contestants gathered in front of Z-Burger in D.C.’s Tenleytown neighborhood to see who could scarf down the most burgers in 10 minutes — and keep them down for a full two minutes immediately after the contest.

Thirty-seven was the magic number this year. That’s how many burgers Molly Schuyler scarfed down to claim first place in the 13th annual Independence Burger Eating Championship and a $2,000 prize. The 42-year old from Harwood, Maryland, now has eight trophies from Z-Burger.

Dan “Killer” Kennedy, of West Decatur, Pennsylvania, was one short, with 36 burgers. He took home a $1,250 prize.

“We tied last year, actually,” Schuyler said. “He’s always on my heels; he’s my best friend, and, you know … if he wins, good. If I win, that’s cool too.”

CLICK TO EXPAND: Dan “Killer” Kennedy, of West Decatur, Pennsylvania, came in second. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)

Canada’s highest-ranked competitive eater, Joel Hansen, rounded out the top three by finishing 26 burgers in his first Z-Burger contest. He took home $1,000.

Schuyler said she participates in roughly six competitive eating contests each year. When asked whether she’s ever lost her food during such a competition, she said, “No, and I really hope not to.”

Z-Burger owner Peter Tabibian said he’s adding new and exciting elements for both the spectators and the participants. They boosted prize money for the 2022 contest, and also featured a live performance by the Crush Funk Brass Band.

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“We’re almost as big as Nathan’s,” Tabibian told WTOP. “Who wants to go to Long Island? We got the best burger-eating contest in the capital of USA.”

“I want to keep this going,” he added. “This is my favorite holiday — Fourth of July, America’s birthday. I love the U.S.A. And what better way to celebrate it with a nice old-fashioned burger-eating contest?”

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The San Diego Padres will be without Fernando Tatis Jr. for the rest of the 2022 season and the first month of the 2023 season due to a PED suspension. Who will replace him?

The San Diego Padres were hit with the crushing news that they will be without Fernando Tatis Jr. for the rest of the season, for the playoffs, and into the 2023 season due to an 80-game PED suspension.

Tatis Jr. has yet to play a single game in the majors this season but the Padres’ star shortstop will not play a single game this year due to a PED suspension. He has been on the injured list since Spring Training due to a fractured wrist that required surgery.

Tatis was on the mend and about to return to the majors but now, he will be done for the year. With 48 games left in the season for the Padres, he will miss the rest of this year, the postseason and the first 32 games of next season.

When healthy, he is one of the best players in baseball. In 2021, he came in third in NL MVP voting so it will be a daunting task to replace him but here are three replacements for Fernando Tatis Jr.

3 replacements for Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.1) Ha-Seong Kim

While Fernando Tatis Jr. has been out for the 2022 season, Ha-Seong Kim has replaced him in large part. While he hasn’t been Tatis at the plate, he has been an adequate replacement.

On the season, Kim has played in 104 games and he is hitting .247/.324/.371 with six home runs, 39 RBI, and 19 doubles. Overall, he has an OPS+ of 101. Defensively, between shortstop and third base, he has 9 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and 9 Outs Above Average (OAA). That latter is tied for 10th-highest in all of baseball among infielders and outfielders.

Defensively, he’s actually an upgrade over Tatis Jr. but he is nowhere near him offensively.

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