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American Football: super bowl weekend kicks off in philly with the wingbowl

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posted on Feb, 5 2005 @ 07:09 PM
Super Bowl Party Kicks Off With Wings And Breasts

Fri February 4, 2005 5:03 PM GMT-05:00
By Jon Hurdle

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Bared breasts, binge-eating and boozing, but no vomiting please -- it's Super Bowl weekend in Philadelphia and the party starts with an eating contest that draws more than 20,000 rowdy sports fans.

A truck driver from New Jersey who goes by the name "El Wingador" wolfed 162 chicken wings to reclaim the Wing Bowl, an annual pre-Super Bowl event with added flavor this year.

The Wing Bowl was conceived by Philadelphia sports radio station WIP as a consolation for fans of the local football team, the Eagles, after their team failed repeatedly to make it to the U.S. football championship.

But for the first time since 1981, the Eagles are in this year's Super Bowl, turning just another eating contest into a massive pep rally for the team before Sunday's big game in Jacksonville, Florida.

Stands were filled with the Eagles' green, white and black jerseys and logos adorned every available surface, including the naked breasts and buttocks of women who entertained the crowd during a three-hour wait for the eating to start.

A raucous capacity crowd of some 23,000 packed an indoor arena to watch 29 finalists try to eat the maximum number of wings in two 14-minute rounds and a final two-minute frenzy of wing-gorging. Scantily clad women dubbed "Wingettes" handed out plates of wings and wiped sauce from contestants' faces.

Thousands of fans who spent much of the night waiting to get in were denied entry after the organizers declared a full house for an event that is in its 13th year. Some of those that made it picked their way through a carpet of beer cans.

Student Colin Brightfield, 19, came to support his rugby teammate Douglas Detock, known to the competition as "Obi Wing," who qualified by eating more than 60 live cockroaches, and not throwing up.

Winner Bill Simmons, who weighed 312 pounds before the contest, edged out defending champion Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, weighing just 99 pounds. The two were even at the end of regular competition among the 29 finalists and faced each other in a final two-minute "wing-off" which Simmons won by a single wing.

"This is amazing," said Mark Lacontora, 35, who left his home in northeast Philadelphia at 1 a.m. to come to the Wing Bowl. "It's so much bigger and better this year because the Eagles are in the Super Bowl."

Simmons, 43, who won a $17,000 Suzuki car, said he trained by eating Tootsie Rolls, and never vomits -- something that automatically disqualifies competitive eaters. "I never throw up," he said. "I gag a little, but it never comes up."

Despite his success, he won't be defending his title next year. "Hell no," he said. "This is it."

posted on Feb, 5 2005 @ 07:20 PM
WingBowl is a huge event around these parts. Like they said, its even bigger this year with the Birds in the Bowl. El Wingador lives about two towns over from me, he's a big dude, probably 6'6.

I've been to a few of these. I didn't take off work this year though, too bad it's always on a Friday. I think the doors open at like 7am so we're drinking by 6am, good ol' beer and eggs! They have some pretty fine girls walking around the place.

Thats El Wingador in the red bandana........

Miss Wing Bowl

[Edited on 2-5-2005 by ProudAmerican]

posted on Feb, 5 2005 @ 08:23 PM
thanks for the pics PA, looks like a good time and a major league hangover :tum:

posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 07:27 AM
162 thats alot. Man i would feel sick after about 30..

posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 08:38 AM
I had a chance to be there this year, but I couldn't get the time off work. I'm gonna make it one of these years...


posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 10:25 AM
Ah man thats my sort of thing, beer, wings and women!!!

posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 11:19 AM
could even skip the wings and it still sounds like fun

posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 05:42 PM
As reported in Penn State's Daily Collegian -

My Opinion
Wings take back seat to madness in Philly
Nate Heckenberger

Eagles fever might be in its cold sweats phase right now, but last Friday morning it was at an absurd high.

The event was Wing Bowl 13, a preamble to that other bowl just a few days later, and while tens of thousands trekked south for the big game, the rest of the city seemed to be either at the annual glutton-fest held by Philadelphia radio station WIP-AM (610), or trying to get in.

Now a little background for those out-of-state or on the JV side of Pennsylvania; Wing Bowl has grown from a small contest between two men into a beast-like, Mardi Gras-ish extravaganza. Just to get into the contest, contestants have to eat either a silly amount of food or make sure that it doesn't fit the norm. "Yao Wing" ate raw dolphin. Ed "Cookie" Jarvis ate six pounds of spinach in 1:19.

But I digress.

Maybe I was naïve in what to expect at such an event. Of all years, I chose the year the Eagles were in the Super Bowl to initiate myself in the festivities. But I was one of the lucky ones to actually get in.

The masses started filling the Wachovia Center parking lots around midnight; Wing Bowl starts at 6 a.m. The first fan was there 6 p.m. the night before. In the wee hours of the morning in South Philadelphia, thousands of taillights permeated the scene, and the parking lots were full of horns, beer cans, humans on top of cars and fires scattered throughout.

Inside was even nuttier. On a normal Wing Bowl day, doors open at 5 a.m. Friday. I got in around 4 and it was a little after 5 when WIP overnight talk show host "Big Daddy" Graham told all listeners to not even bother trying to come anymore.

The place was packed by 5:30 -- 20,000-plus fans, and as many outside still hoping to squeeze in. Outside they threw snowballs and broke fences, but inside the white balls of fury were exchanged for beer cans and cups of soda.

Maybe the strangest thing about what I witnessed was the city's lingering fascination with summertime hero, Smarty Jones. All morning long I heard chants of "show your bits," or something like that. I couldn't necessarily discern it completely with the ever-present roar, but the females in the crowd always seemed more than willing to give the shirt off their own back for the cause.

It is truly the City of Brotherly Love.

Soon after morning show host Angelo Cataldi opened the show, the event was kicked off with the National Anthem, though not many realized what was going on at the time. At about the fourth line, nearly all of the 20,000 attendees joined in to create an echoing, goose-bump-eliciting and altogether, glorious rendition, that quite possibly was in the same class as Whitney Houston's Super Bowl XXV performance.

Instead of a Stealth Bomber fly-over, the aerial display came from the stands as beer cans and loaded soda cups were launched toward stragglers on the floor. And for the contestants that were not named "El Wingador," they received the same treatment.

Each of the 26 contestants was paraded around in his or her own created procession, escorted by Wingettes that left little for the imagination.

Sonya Thomas, better known as "Black Widow," got it the worst. All 99 pounds of the returning champ were bombarded with not only beverages, but also the oh-so-soothing boo.

If you haven't noticed, we're nearing the end and nothing has been spoken of the actual wing-eating contest. That is because it was merely a sideshow to the freak-fest that is Wing Bowl.

By the time Round 1 began around 9, the crowd had tamed but a little. The first two 14-minute rounds sieved out the final three eaters, and the crowd got what it wanted this year. Three-time Wing Bowl champion,Bill "El Wingador" Simmons got his chance to take back his crown stolen by the Black Widow.

And he did not disappoint.

After both were down by a few wings early to first-half leader Eric "Badlands" Booker, El Wingador and Black Widow wound up tied at the end of the 2-minute final round, forcing a 2-minute wing eating overtime.

El Wingador ended up eating one more wing than the Black Widow, winning 162-161 in 32 minutes. Booker, meanwhile, was disqualified by Wing Bowl commissioner Eric Gregg (yes, the former MLB umpire) for not being able to get his wings down.

"You heave, you leave," Gregg said on the stage.

And so the fan-favorite reclaimed his title, along with a Suzuki Verona, and the city rejoiced, if only for a few days.

It was reported this week on that El Wingador's throne was somehow stolen from the Wing Bowl on Friday. How a 9-foot, 250-pound throne gets taken out of an arena with 20,000 fans without notice is beyond me. But after watching the most amazing spectacle of my life in which way too much was consumed in way too little time, I can only assume that it wasn't long until all 26 wound up on thrones of their own.

And it couldn't have been pretty.


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