Prepare to be simultaneously revolted and aroused. Some cities have artsy fartsy film festivals. Some cities have fancy museums. Some cities have fine dining at five star restaurants. Philadelphia has the Wing Bowl. Today will be the 21st annual Wing Bowl, now held at the Wells Fargo Center, with 20,000 idiots attending. Thirty obese morons will compete to see who can eat the most chicken wings. The contestants will be surrounded by scantily clad wingettes. They will be cheered on by 20,000 pro-wrestling, Wildwood vacationing, monster truck show loving nitwits. The event kicks off at 6:00 am. Most of the 20,000 will arrive drunk. The final 2012 standings were:
- Takeru Kobayashi 337
- Jonathan “Super” Squibb 271
- El Wingador 250
- Chilita 238
- US Male 226
This event has become so big, it has its own Wiki page:
Wing Bowl is an annual eating contest founded in 1993 by Philadelphia talk-radio hosts Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti as a celebration of gluttony. The contest was first broadcast on WIP (AM). About 10 people attended Wing Bowl I (held in a hotel) in 1993 to see a competition between two contestants. The event pits competitive eaters in a chicken wing eating contest. The Wing Bowl is traditionally held on the Friday preceding the Super Bowl. The event, which began as a radio promotion, has grown to encompass television, the Internet, and a contest for women who are termed “the Wingettes.” It is currently held at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, where it is still broadcast live on 94-WIP-FM. There are currently no television deals to broadcast the event live; however, a replay is usually shown on WPSG, Comcast SportsNet, or one of the other local stations within the following week. The Wing Bowl now draws crowds of 20,000 or more.
Words can’t describe this event. Pictures are necessary to tell the true story. Enjoy this slice of Philadelphia culture.