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February 3, 2006
This is how big Wing Bowl has become: Some folks actually worry that Philadelphia's mid-winter bacchanalia has strayed from its roots. When the WIP-sponsored event began at a hotel 14 years ago, attendance was free, and 150 people showed up. A ticket to today's Wing Bowl 14 cost $5, and the show had sold out the Wachovia Center before the gates opened early this morning. In years past, some people waited in line all night to get in. The annual chicken-wing eating contest has spawned a line of apparel and a documentary.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
THE PHONE rang Monday. "Are you listening to WIP?" my sister asked worriedly. "Angelo Cataldi just called you 'a bitch who needs a laxative!' " No sweat, girl. I've been writing this column for 15 years, and I've been called worse (including the c-word by a former state senator). I will say, though, that this was my first insult (that I know of) from a sports-radio guy. Someone rent a catering hall - I've got a milestone to celebrate! Cataldi, WIP's morning host, hated my column about Friday's Wing Bowl - my first time attending.
NEWS
February 3, 2007 | By Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The predicted ice pellets never pelted. So the coast was clear for the early birds entering the Wachovia Center. And after Round One, the leader with a perhaps unprecedented 112 wings was a man from Clifton Heights. Suddenly, Wing Bowl 15, billed as "Philadelphia vs. the World," tantalized with a prospect as glittery as a Wingette's hair: Somebody local - "Gentleman Jerry" Coughlan - just might win. Incredibly, Philadelphia's Khalil Masso ("The Beast From the Northeast")
NEWS
December 11, 2008 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
After banishing the big-time eaters, Wing Bowl has decided to charge a little more, when tickets go on sale Monday morning. But $7.50 each - up from $5 last year - has to be cheaper than any other Wachovia Center event. Especially since parking is free. Besides, where else can folks see like the likes of the Acidic Jew, who qualified this morning for the WIP-AM's snarfing extravaganza by alternating lemon eating with saxophone playing? Plus, there's the circus atmosphere, with costumed entourages, including skimpily costumed Wingettes, parading into the center, hyped to the gills by hyper sports-talk host Angelo Cataldi and cohosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2010
S USAN FINKELSTEIN does not encourage women to make any type of suggestive offers for tickets to the sold-out 610-WIP Wing Bowl 18 Friday at the Wachovia Center. "Although it depends how passionate they are about Wing Bowl," says Finkelstein, the local woman who faces trial for allegedly offering sex to an undercover Bensalem police officer in exchange for World Series tickets. She's now a part of Wing Bowl, and will be dressed as a "sexy leopard" on the ark float of contestant Hungry Hungry Hebrew , aka attorney Adam Taxin . Taxin befriended Finkelstein after interviewing her for a piece for a local paper that was never published.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wing Bowl winner sets a record In an upset that must have shaken her down to her soul, reigning Wing Bowl champion Molly Schuyler on Friday lost the Super Bowl of eating contests at the Wells Fargo Center to Patrick Bertoletti , a Chicagoan who also set a Wing Bowl record. The wonderfully svelte Schuyler, who hails from Bellevue, Neb., had previously lost only one eating competition in her career, a pie-eating bout last year. She was all grace after Bowl co-founder Angelo Cataldi named Bertoletti as the champ.
NEWS
February 2, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THERE ARE some things in life that you can't make sense of, even as you watch them unfold with your own eyes. Take Molly Schuyler. The skinny mother of four beat out a bevy of burly competitive eating veterans yesterday morning to win Wing Bowl 22 in front of a rabid packed house at the Wells Fargo Center. The fact that she won isn't what defied belief. It's how she won. Schuyler put away a record 363 chicken wings in three rounds - in the span of an hour - with a level of speed and ferocity that left even WIP morning-show host and Wing Bowl co-creator Angelo Cataldi speechless.
SPORTS
February 2, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brett Brown called it surreal. The 76ers coach attended Wing Bowl 22 Friday morning at Wells Fargo Center as a guest of WIP host and Wing Bowl creator Angelo Cataldi. "You are walking and you see the tailgating and like 6:20 [in the morning], and the place is rolling," Brown said. "It's got a hell of an atmosphere, and people go 'Let's go Sixers' and welcoming and hospitable. " And that is in the parking lot. The NBA rookie head coach said there were 18,000 to 20,000 people "really having a good time at that time of the morning" inside the arena.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | BY JOHN CORRIGAN, corrigj@phillynews.com
GNAWING on shreds of greasy meat, smearing barbecue sauce like tribal war paint, up to 31 competitors will vie on Friday at Wells Fargo Center for the 22nd annual Wing Bowl prize. Surrounded by more than 20,000 drunken spectators and bevies of barely covered women, these warriors - including Eagle Jason Kelce - will continue Philly's tradition of gluttonous revelry. But at what cost? Missouri native Jamie "The Bear" McDonald returns to defend his title, having scarfed down 287 wings in 30 minutes last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2010
LAST WEEK we told you how excited was to be debuting as a Wingette in the Wing Bowl on Feb. 5 at the Wachovia Center. But Chris Weinerman , a co-owner of the World Famous Gold Club (1416 Chancellor), where Carey dances Feb. 3-6, says 610 WIP has since told him Carey cannot be a Wingette because she's been in hardcore porn films. Really? Because Katie Morgan , a hardcore-porn actress who hosts HBO's "Sex Tips" and who is at Cheerleaders (Front & Oregon) next week, is slated to be a Wingette, as are Alektra Blue and Kaylani Lei , both porn stars, who will be there for Delilah's (100 Spring Garden)
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
ADULT-FILM actress Mary Carey will be in town for a double jubilee this weekend as she celebrates her birthday and the 11th anniversary of the Gold Club (1416 Chancellor St.) in Center City. Carey, famous for her flourishing career in porn, appearances on the VH1 reality-TV series "Celebrity Rehab" and for an unsuccessful bid for governor of California in 2003, has new aspirations, including a possible run for mayor of Philadelphia. During a phone interview yesterday, Carey told me that she's likely abandoned her plans to run for president of the United States - a job for which she becomes eligible when she turns 35 on Monday.
SPORTS
February 4, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SHHHHHHHHHH, Marc Farzetta is sleeping. And deservedly so. Farzetta capped a wild weekend that started with the Wing Bowl and ended with the Super Bowl. He didn't get back from Phoenix until yesterday afternoon and then he went directly to WIP, where he worked until 2 this morning. An avid schedule-maker, Farzetta has just one entry on his to- do list for Feb. 3: "Sleep. " The 32-year-old is a host and update anchor at the all-sports radio station. He's also a self-described "Wingettes coordinator" and served as an associate producer for NBC at Super Bowl 49. His "weekend" began on Thursday at the Wing Bowl weigh-in at Chickie's & Pete's, where he was in charge of organizing the Wingettes.
SPORTS
February 3, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It's a little-known fact that Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous groundhog, has a cousin who lives 283 miles to the east. Manayunk Manny roams just below Main Street on the banks of the Schuylkill. Once a year, the day before Phil becomes the world's most famous weather rodent, the two furry cousins meet in Harrisburg. Before they burrowed down Sunday and watched Super Bowl XLIX, Phil and Manny reminisced about the previous year and discussed the big day ahead. The Inquirer was invited along and asked to transcribe the reunion.
NEWS
February 2, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
WHEN WING BOWL ended, the number was repeated over and over, like some ancient mantra, and it took Angelo Cataldi right to reality's edge on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center. "Four. Four. Four," a man repeated to the longtime 94WIP morning radio host. It was the number of chicken wings - 444 - and somehow Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti had stuffed them all in and swallowed them in a record-shattering comeback win at Wing Bowl 23. Cataldi, his face full of disbelief, scribbled the math out on a piece of paper and threw his Sharpie down hard when he was done.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wing Bowl winner sets a record In an upset that must have shaken her down to her soul, reigning Wing Bowl champion Molly Schuyler on Friday lost the Super Bowl of eating contests at the Wells Fargo Center to Patrick Bertoletti , a Chicagoan who also set a Wing Bowl record. The wonderfully svelte Schuyler, who hails from Bellevue, Neb., had previously lost only one eating competition in her career, a pie-eating bout last year. She was all grace after Bowl co-founder Angelo Cataldi named Bertoletti as the champ.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphians are more skeptical of snow forecasts for Friday after Tuesday's blizzard-that-wasn't. AccuWeather was calling for one to three inches of snow and a wintry mix for Philadelphia, and even more to the northeast of the city and in New England starting late Thursday and continuing through Friday. But after the storm left Philadelphia mostly untouched this week despite meteorologists' expectations of a foot or more, many people don't quite believe it. "With all this technology, you think they'd predict it right," said Michael Smith, 25, whose Tuesday history class at Community College of Philadelphia was canceled - along with just about everything else in the region.
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | By BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer
IT IS A VERY difficult balance that coach Brett Brown is looking for from his players, but one that needs to be reached in order for them to become reliable contributors in this league. The coach believes the best way for his team to play is with a frenzied pace, one that will eventually wear down oppositions, lend to fastbreak opportunities, and sort of negate the need for a halfcourt offense. He wants the play to be at a breakneck speed, but at the same time be under control, make good decisions and protect the basketball.
NEWS
January 30, 2015
TO SOMEONE who grew up with three brothers who hit puberty within roughly 15 months of one another, the term "eating contest" means essentially the same thing as "dinner's ready. " Starting in 1975, when the first one hit double digits, and for a decade or so thereafter, the Flowers boys would compete to see who could stuff the most food in their mouths in the shortest period of time. Sometimes they even mastered the novel art of chewing before swallowing. As far as beverages, they were optional, but a carbonated soft drink was always helpful to clear the air, if you get my drift.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
WING BOWL's key component may be a piece of chicken, but a duck is a much better poultry metaphor for the testosterone-fueled annual bacchanal staged by sports-gabber WIP-FM (94.1). That's because while everything will likely go as smoothly as a duck gliding across a pond - if you ignore the audience's booze-fueled grabbling, puking and general misbehavior - just beneath the surface, parts will be moving constantly to make things look effortless. Friday's Wing Bowl 23 at the Wells Fargo Center will be the result of a year's worth of planning and plotting by about a half-dozen WIP staffers charged with staging what has become a civic touchstone of near-mythic status.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
NORTH PHILLY'S own Kevin Hart hit his hometown last night for the premiere of his new movie, "The Wedding Ringer," in which he plays a guy who rents out his services as a best man to the friendless bros among us (in this case, Josh Gad of "Frozen"). "You can't go to a wedding without the 'Electric Slide,' " Hart said about his wedding musts. "Oh, 'The Tootsie Roll' and 'Funky Cold Medina.' Kid 'n' Play. Basically any dance to show your age. Then I try to do what the kids are doing.
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