Summer is here in full swing, and I finally had a chance to see my hometown New York Yankees in action this past weekend. I drove to Detroit to watch them play. I’d never been there before, and I have to say I like it up there.

Anyway, I stopped for lunch at a couple of different hot dog joints in downtown Detroit. Very good, no complaints with the food, but can anyone tell me why, in Detroit and a number of other cities, a dog with chili, chopped onions, and yellow mustard is referred to as a “Coney Dog,” or even a “Coney Island Dog”?

Okay, so that was a long sentence. Nonetheless, my question remains. I’ve been to Coney Island, and grew up around the dogs of New York. We don’t eat much in the way of chili dogs where I’m from. The dogs on Coney Island are great, but they bear no resemblance to what the rest of the world call “Coneys.” One of the great mysteries of my life…