Polaneczky, Cataldi Tangle Over “Crude” Wing Bowl

WIP host says DN columnist did “hatchet job” on the event.

Until now, we didn’t know that Angelo Cataldi could be hurt by anything but a poorly swallowed cheesesteak. Turns out he takes criticism of WIP’s Wing Bowl very personally—and Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky’s criticism of it very, very personally.

“I always assumed there must have been something missing, because who would attend an event limited only to gluttony, binge drinking, vomit and half-naked women? There had to be more to it, yes?” she wrote Saturday, after the 22nd Wing Bowl. “No. There is not more to it.”

Polaneczky joined Cataldi on the air Tuesday morning, where he called her column a “hatchet job”—saying she focused on negatives when there were plenty of positives to be found, including money raised for charity.


“What did you expect?" Cataldi asked Polaneczky. "It really is not a show for someone in your demographic. What did you expect when you went to the Wing Bowl?”

“I don’t live in a cave. I’ve seen photos and I’ve seen coverage. People warned me, ‘Don’t go, don’t go.’” Polaneczky said. “I don’t know if you can call yourself a Philadelphia media person if you don’t step foot in some of these things that have become as big as Wing Bowl has become.”

She added: “I thought there ought to be more to it.”

Instead, what she found was gross, gluttonous, and sexist: She even had her own behind slapped once, she said.

Cataldi contended there are positives to the event, including a moment—for contestants—when they get to be the sports heroes they'd otherwise never get to play in real life.  “You didn’t see that this is Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes for a lot of people," he insisted.

“That part gets covered all the time. I’ve never seen anything that gave my point of view," Polaneczky responded.  "It was one of the most disgusting events I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot of stuff in Philadelphia ... The crudeness of it really took me aback, and I’m not a shrinking violet.”

Cataldi listed off other positives to the event. “You want to ignore hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for charity … You were basically out to get us," he said. “You have every right to express the opinion, but it’s irresponsible.”

“It’s irresponsible to express my opinion?" Polaneczky responded.

Yes, Cataldi responded, especially when Philly.com gets so much traffic from Wing Bowl. For much of Saturday, he noted, the site paired Polaneczky's column with an extensive photo slideshow taken from the event. "You don't see the hypocrisy there?"

“I totally see the hypocrisy there, are you kidding me?" Polaneczky said. "If the owners of our company cared what some  of its employees thought, you bet, I would have a lot to say. But that doesn’t mean I'm not going to express my opinion."

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  • JeffWest

    Wing Bowl was created by dopes for dopes. Expectations met.

  • Dan P

    I really doubt anyone smacked Ronnie’s tush

    • Liz Spikol

      Wow. That’s classy.

      • Dan P

        The article refers to it as a claim, and Ronnie loves to overdramatize things

    • Mike McGettigan

      Dan, go lay down.

      • Dan P

        Why?

        • Johnny Domino

          So somebody can smack your tush.

          • Dan P

            More likely than someone trying to smack Ronnie’s

          • Johnny Domino

            Her safe word is “Cataldi”.

  • USMCGY

    Let’s see you work the pole at Club Risque Ronnie. Ok maybe not……

    • Mike McGettigan

      Good lord, did somebody read the Daily News to you? How did you even manage to get online?

      • USMCGY

        Educated at Widener with a law degree as well McGettigan. Nobody read anything to me. This just in, people drink beer & eat wings & some woman show thier tits at Wing Bowl. Imagine that.

        • anon.

          Good God, I find it hard to believe that even Widener would give you a law degree with grammar like that.

          • USMCGY

            Grammar police out again on a blog? My grammar is horrible & . is not my strong point. Widener gave me nothing, I earned my degree sweetie.

  • They_Call_Me_Bruce

    So when do we find out about Ronnie’s real agenda with trashing the event? After all, this is the woman who wrote for like a year straight about the PPA only for it to finally come out that she had received many tickets herself but she didn’t think that was of importance. There is a lot not to like about Angelo and Wing Bowl, and you could fill a book with the horror stories due to the PPA, but you have to question the messenger when she has shown in the past to be not upfront about her biases.

    • Dan P

      Not to mention, typically when she would complain the PPA was quite literally just enforcing the law. Its just this non stop “why can’t they make an exception”