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.
February 6, 2014 |
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.
February 3, 2007 |
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")
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.
December 11, 2008 |
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.
January 30, 2014 |
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.
February 2, 2014 |
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.
February 2, 2014 |
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.
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)
January 29, 2000 |
Joseph Paul of Bellmawr, a Pennsylvania Turnpike worker whose nom de guerre is Tollman Joe, ate 82 chicken wings in 30 minutes to win WIP-AM's eighth annual Wing Bowl yesterday morning at the First Union Center. About 10,000 fans arrived before sunrise to watch the wing-eating, ogle the scantily clad women who coach the 22 contestants, and catch a boxing match between Pennsylvania Boxing Commissioner George Bochetto and listener "Arson Arnie" Adkins. (Bochetto won in the first round by TKO.)