Originally posted by JimInKy
Guys, how about a few details about the Wing Bowl, like where and when? It sounds like great fun.
It takes place the Friday before the Super Bowl in Philly. It got started by a local sports talk radio station when the Eagles were dismal and couldn't get to the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl. They figured they needed something to talk about in the weeks leading up to the big game.
Anyway, the first one attracted something like 50 people and was held in the lobby of a hotel. It's basically a chicken wing eating contest.
It has grown to legendary proportions through the years. It is held -- starting at 6 am -- in the same arena where the Flyers and Sixers play! Contestants qualify by coming onto the different shows at the radio station and performing eating "stunts." You know, "I can eat this whole cheesecake in 15 minutes" kind of thing. Some of those are more fun to listen to than the competition.
The contestants parade into the arena with The Wingettes, which are attractive/stripper-esque young women. The year I went the pre-game entertainment was a guy who stood in a boxing ring and smashed full cans of Coors Light into his head until he almost passed out. What fun.
They have "celebrity" judges and assorted craziness... it gets pretty odd. The year I went -- 2000 -- I arrived while it was still dark outside because the company I worked for was a sponsor and we had a table set up on the concourse. It was like walking into an all-night college kegger... an odd mix of legal, not so legal and unwelcome aromas. One guy got made at me because I had to tell him that they didn't start serving beer till 7 am.
It's free and they get tens of thousands of people to show up on a frigid morning at 6 am. Gotta love Philly.