The Real Losers at Wing Bowl: The Chickens

Chicken | Shutterstock.com;  Tiger Wings and Things from last year's Wing Bowl | HughE Dillon

Chicken | Shutterstock.com; Tiger Wings and Things from last year’s Wing Bowl | HughE Dillon

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.)

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Wing Bowl: Is It Time to End It?

Scenes from recent Wing Bowls. Photos, clockwise from top left: Sportsradio 94WIP; Alejandro A. Alvarez/Daily News; Associated Press

Scenes from recent Wing Bowls. Photos (clockwise from top left): Sportsradio 94WIP; Alejandro A. Alvarez/Daily News; Associated Press

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.
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Ex-Pro Wrestling Champ Mick Foley to Compete in Wing Bowl

Mick Foley at Comic Con in October 2014 at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. | Sam Aronov / Shutterstock.com

Mick Foley at Comic Con in October 2014 at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. | Sam Aronov / Shutterstock.com

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.”

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Polaneczky, Cataldi Tangle Over “Crude” Wing Bowl

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?”

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Video: Massive Fight at Wing Bowl 22

massive fight at wing bowl 22 Philadelphia

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.

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