Wing Bowl goes pay-per-view

Posted: January 23, 2013

CBS cares.

That phrase is usually reserved for public-service spots by the "Eye" network.

Maybe it now also applies to Wing Bowl.

Or maybe not.

Responding to requests, CBS has decided to provide long-deprived fans with on-demand video coverage online, 94 WIP sports-talker Angelo Cataldi explained this morning.

Finally, after 20 previous Wing Bowls, fans who couldn't get tickets, or couldn't get off work, will be able to enjoy all the spectacle and pageantry, all the glory and gluttony that is Philadelphia's sauciest crack-of-dawn party, Cataldi explained.

For a price.

The cost is $5 in advance, $7 after the day of the event, Feb. 1.

It won't be streamed live, and it won't be on TV, but starting at 1 p.m. that day, the Friday before the Super Bowl, fans can see a one-hour recap plus highlights that include "behind the scenes footage."

Signing up and viewing is done at www.watchwingbowl.com.

Cohost Al Morganti joked that even Wing Bowl attendees might want to watch, because "to see it sober would be an experience."

Cataldi suggested watching might be a good way to look for loved ones or employees who deserve punishment for secretly attending.

The page has no warnings about stomach-churning or adult-oriented content - there's no requirement to be 18 in sight - so fans shouldn't assume they'll see the event's rudest signs or amplest revelations.

Also, no word yet on whether the proceeds will go to charity. Revenue from Wing Bowl tickets benefit the Philadelphia Police Department Survivor's Fund, the Police Athletic League and Comcast-Spectacor Charities.

Final Wing-Offs this week. The field of competitors will be taking final shape in the next two days.

Wednesday morning, broadcast live from WIP's Center City studios, five eaters who failed at previous on-air snarfing stunts will have a chowing-down showdown.

Anyone else hoping to be in Wing Bowl - or just greedy for some free wings? - is invited to show up Wednesday night, from 8 to 10 p.m. at Xfinity Live! at the South Philly sports complex, to compete in a Wing Off, hosted by Hollis Thomas and Marc Farzetta.

The winner will go on to compete in Thursday night's Wing Off finals at P.J. Whelihan's in Downingtown, with the champ going on to Wing Bowl. The event starts at 8 p.m.

For more on Wing Bowl, go to www.philly.com/philly/sports/wingbowl or http://wingbowl.cbslocal.com.


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.


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