The Biggest Professional Eating Event in the World
Imagine an event where 20,000 people pack a major city arena at 6 AM to watch contestants gorge themselves to see who can eat the most chicken wings.
Welcome to Wing Bowl in Philadelphia.
Wing bowl is an annual event that occurs on the Friday before the Super Bowl. It is now in its 21st year, thus the sponsors, WIP Radio, have dubbed Wing Bowl as now being “legal.”
At Wing Bowl, the parking lots open at 4 AM for tailgating and if you walked to the Wells Fargo in your bare feet, you would surely bleed to death no matter how hard you tried to miss the broken beverage bottles on the ground.
As If the Eagles Season Wasn’t Bad Enough, a New England Fan Wins
Wing Bowl 21 champion this year was James “The Bear” McDonald, a 36-year-old body builder from (gasp) New England. In fact, The Bear even entered the arena wearing a Tom Brady jersey which got him a chorus of boos as well as just about anything that the fans could find to throw at him. Only the one brave contestant that had the guts to wear a Tony Romo jersey received worse treatment from the tough Philly fans.
The Real Reason for Wing Bowl’s Success
It’s easy to see why 20,000+ fans come from all over the Delaware Valley to watch 31 minutes of wing eating where the winning contestant manages to consume 287 wings in that time period. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
No, I know it doesn’t.
The wing eating “athletes” at the event are akin to the reason that you used to subscribe to Playboy. Of course, we know… you liked the articles.
It’s the side show that attracts the male-dominated crowd. There is a lot of down time during the 3 hour event and much of that time is spent with the cameras scouring the crowd to find the outnumbered females in the audience.
Female fans sitting together are acknowledged on the Kiss Cam usually reserved for more traditional couples during Flyers and Sixers games. Attractive, young, usually buxom women are singled out on the jumbotron to an array of cheers that will turn to boos if the women don’t pull up their tops. After all, this is the city that booed Santa Claus.
Wingette of the Year
The highlight of the side show is the naming of the Wingette of the Year. More than 100 pretty women act as valets of sort for the wing eating contestants. They are all scantily-clad and many work at local strip clubs. Some are even sponsored by doctors that specialize in breast enhancement surgeries.
This year, a 20-year-old brunette beauty from Allentown, Alexandra Warner, was named Wingette of the Year. You can certainly see from Alexandra’s photo that she is well qualified for the title of Wingette of the Year.
Get out the Vote
Here’s how the Wingette of the Year was decided.
Of the over 100 wingettes at the event, ten were nominated for Wingette of the Year and all received golden roses from Stephen Singer Jewelers, a sponsor of the event. Two wingettes were then chosen for the finals and fans were encouraged to select either A or B to vote for either Alexandra or Tara by text message.
I reached into my pocket to vote for contestant B by texting B to 84828, just like I was encouraged to do. Shocked by the reply message, I then decided to even up the score and vote for contestant A. What did I receive back?
WINGING THE RESULTS
Well, my vote apparently was received, but the voting showed Chris as the leader with 62% of the vote over Todd. Now, the name Chris might have fit with being a wingette, but I’ve yet to meet a hot girl named Todd.
According to Philly.com, WIP personality Angelo Cataldi announced that Alexandra received 56% of the vote for Wingette of the Year and she was then crowned as Wingette of the Year for 2013.
But, did she really win? Certainly, Tara has to be questioning if the results were legitimate or made up on the spot. After all, I received two texts that said that Chris won and won with 62% of the vote. Maybe the text message voting had no impact on the actual results, but then why did Cataldi say that Alexandra received 56% when the final text stats showed 62%?
It is not known if Tara has hired a lawyer yet to investigate the text message voting fail at Wing Bowl 21, but based on the text message reply message, there is certainly some question as to who should have won the Harley.
I wonder if Chris can ride a bike?