And now it’s here. Just like last year, our writer-at-large Dan McQuade is on the scene. He’s commandeered the Philly Mag Twitter account and will be live-tweeting the the atrocities at Wing Bowl 23. Follow along as he documents the floats, the spectacle, the gluttony and the unspeakably fowl carnage.
When morals get murky, I like to play a game I call, “What Would the Aliens Say?”
(You could, of course, substitute the more mainstream “What Would Jesus Do,” but only at your own risk. From what I can tell, Jesus was a pretty solid dude, and I have no interest in living a life that pious. Extraterrestrials tend to be more lenient.)
In 1900, this is what the aliens in my head said when they came across a human eating a chicken: “Ah yes, the food chain! Everything seems to be in good working order on Earth.”
In 1990: “Well, it’s kind of weird that people are trusting factory farms to raise their food behind closed doors, but how could they know what was really going on? If they understood the horrific conditions these animals were raised in, they surely wouldn’t purchase them.”
Early one Friday morning last January, I was surrounded by roughly 20,000 screaming fans, an army of half-naked women, and an effigy of Ruben Amaro. High above on the scoreboard video screen, a clip played on repeat. The image: a guy projectile vomiting. On the same floor where Allen Iverson once thrilled, where the Flyers nearly won their third Stanley Cup just five years ago, a bunch of dudes (and one very intimidating woman) were shoving chicken wings down their pie-holes as fast as they could. The crowd cheered, mostly in hopeful anticipation of someone puking.
Just when you thought Philadelphia’s annual pageant of the grotesque couldn’t get any weirder comes this news: Former world pro wrestling champion Mick Foley will compete at this year’s Wing Bowl.
Foley — who also wrestled as Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love — was best known in wrestling for his battles with The Rock over the WWF Championship, as well as losing two-thirds of his right ear in a match in 1994. He also wrestled in Extreme Championship Wrestling, a popular Philadelphia-based promotion in the 1990s.
This morning on WIP, Foley said he’s no celebrity stunt contestant: He’s in it to win. “I believe, as they say, on any given Sunday in the game of football,” Foley said on the station. “On Wing Bowl, it’s on — on any given day I believe I could stand my ground with the best in the world … I already have a doctor on hand ready to give me the Heimlich maneuver if needed.”
Not sure why the BBC waited two months to share its coverage of Wing Bowl with the world, but we have it at last. And all of Ronnie Polaneczky’s criticisms about the sexism of the event seem a little sharper in light of this particular anecdote.
There are two types of Philadelphians: those who think that Wing Bowl is the most awesome thing ever and those who think that Wing Bowl is the most idiotic human endeavor possible. Those of you who fall into this latter category will enjoy a Wing Bowl 2014 video released by The Panic Hour, a comedy-activism collective based in Philadelphia. Read more »
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?”
A huge number of people were involved in a fight in the stands at WIP’s Wing Bowl 22 on Friday morning at the Wells Fargo Center. Witnesses say nearly 50 people were in the fray and the fight lasted 7 or 8 minutes. Around 40 seconds into the video below a security guard appears only to be thrown backward over the rows of seats.
Wing Bowl 22 went down this morning. Dan McQuade was on hand live tweeting. And HughE Dillon was snapping like a mad man as former Phillie Matt Stairs (above) pounded beers, The Scene fav Kate Beaver made an appearance, and 120-pound Molly Schuyler won by inhaling a record 363 wings.