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Wing Pole and the Super Hole Weekend

Kevin Kinkead - January 30, 2019

There’s a void in Philadelphia.

It’s not baseball free agency. That’s a different void.

This void is a black nothingness, a Nietzsche-like abyss that returns your stare. It’s the first Friday in February, which used to be reserved for Sports Radio 94 WIP’s Wing Bowl.

The long-running and sometimes lecherous chicken eating contest is no more, put to rest by WIP in October. The whole point of the Al Morganti creation was to give Eagles fans something to look forward to, since the Birds weren’t anywhere close to winning the Super Bowl back in the day. With that demon finally exorcised, there really wasn’t any reason to continue the event after 26 years.

Problem is, Wing Bowl was a cash cow. It raised a ton of money for local strip clubs, who would pull in tens of thousands of dollars on that Friday. I specifically remember going to Delilah’s a few years ago, then getting in a limousine with some guy named “Vladimir,” who took us to Tony Luke’s, where another member of our entourage ate a bad calzone and ended up ralphing later in the day.

The strip clubs, and other sponsors, weren’t totally happy with the decision to end the Wing Bowl, but this tradition, which is unlike any other, is not totally dead. Instead we’ve got diverging paths leading to new sources of revenue.

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A Column on Wing Bowl’s Successful Run and Collision Course with the #MeToo Movement

Kevin Kinkead - October 30, 2018

RIP Wing Bowl.

It was a wildly successful 26-year run for Philadelphia’s gluttonous wing-eating competition, an event that began in a hotel lobby and ballooned into a nationally recognized showcase that had to be moved to a capacity 19,000 basketball and ice hockey arena. It ballooned like Molly Schuyler’s stomach after devouring 75 chicken wings.

My fondest memories of Wing Bowl include the after party at Cheerleaders a few years ago, where I had the experience of seeing Coolio perform “Fantastic Voyage” surrounded by strippers at 9:00 in the morning. I also once spotted my former boss putting women’s underwear on his head and there was that one time I shared a limo with a Haitian guy named “Vladimir” that took us from Delilah’s to Tony Luke’s in the middle of a light February snow shower. And there was that other time that a former Philadelphia media mogul fell asleep in a VIP booth at one of the aforementioned strip clubs.

Ask anybody who went to Wing Bowl even once over the past quarter century and they probably have similar stories of ridiculousness to share. That’s what Wing Bowl was. It was ridiculous. Maybe it was also douchey and lecherous, but that’s what made it popular during the heyday of the event. The Eagles weren’t a Super Bowl contender, so the Wing Bowl was the best thing that the 25 to 54 white male sports fan demographic had going for it in Philadelphia.

To those points, I see a lot of stuff floating around on social media, suggestions that WIP was wary of continuing Wing Bowl during a time when the #metoo movement is prominent in American culture. Angelo Cataldi is getting set to retire, so maybe that also has something to do with it. I don’t know the full or exact reason for pulling the plug. Maybe it’s a combination of those two things, and also the fact that the event was just sort of running its course. It’s always exciting to see your favorite band for the first time, but it’s not the same when you see them for the fifth time, unless you’re a Bruce Springsteen fan, in which case show #57 is just as good as show #4.

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Wing Bowl Roundup

Kyle Scott - February 3, 2017

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Ric Flair Is Coming To Wing Bowl

Kyle Scott - December 13, 2016

Woooooo?

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Woo:

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WIP press release:

SportsRadio 94WIP’s Wing Bowl, which has become one of the most famous annual radio events in the world, returns to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 6 a.m. Wing Bowl 25 will feature an appearance by special guests, professional wrestler  Ric Flair and Grammy Award winning artist Coolio.  Tickets for the 25th annual competitive chicken wing eating event are $12.50 and go on sale Tuesday, December 13 at 9 a.m. online atwingbowl25.com, WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com, by calling 1-800-298-4200 or in person at Wells Fargo Center.  Wing Bowl 25 is proudly presented by Steven Singer Jewelers.  Partial proceeds from WIP’s Wing Bowl 25 will benefit the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Survivor’s Fund.

WIP is proud to welcome Ric Flair as the special guest at Wing Bowl 25.  Ric Flair® is a celebrity and professional wrestler. Also known as the “Nature Boy®,” Flair is among the most famous and well-known wrestlers in the world, and has been one of wrestling’s biggest stars since the late 1970s. Flair was often popular with the crowd due to his in-ring antics, including rule breaking (earning him the distinction of being “the dirtiest player in the game”), his cocky interview style, strutting and his shouting of “WOOOOO!™” The “WOOOOO!” yell has since become a tribute to Flair, and is often shouted by the crowd whenever they see Ric or when another a wrestler performs one of Flair’s signature moves.   A Facebook and Twitter favorite, YouTube sensation, and whose name returns almost 4 million Google hits in under .2 seconds, Ric Flair® is an international icon. At 6’ 1”, 243 pounds and hailing from Charlotte, NC, his signature move is the Figure-Four Leglock.  His career highlights include 16 time World Heavyweight Champion, WCW World Heavyweight Champion, WWE Champion, and United States Champion.

I never quite understood listing the career highlights of a pro wrestler. It’s like saying Tom Hanks once ran for over two years, survived on a desert island, managed the Rockford Peaches, and landed a plane in the Hudson. He didn’t actually do those things… they were scri… ah, never mind. 16-time World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair is coming to Wing Bowl, and so is Coolio.

UPDATE: An Up-Close View of the Brutal Wing Bowl Fight

Kyle Scott - February 5, 2016

UPDATED: Much better view of a portion of the fight from reader Mike. Strong Space Jam reference at around the one-minute mark.

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Absolute Power Move By Susie Celek Wearing a Zach Ertz Jersey at Wing Bowl

Kyle Scott - February 5, 2016

Devastation. Brent may want to rethink signing that lifetime extension. He’s done. Susie just ended him.

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[Susie and Brent are divorced, in case you weren’t aware.]

Meanwhile, teammates Jason Kelce and Connor Barwin, everymen, rode Septa to the event:

Photo from (@SnoBallsAtSanta)

Dennis Rodman Is Coming To Wing Bowl

Kyle Scott - January 28, 2016

Alternate headline: Crazy-ass pseudo celeb and ex-NBA player who has a history of substance and domestic abuse issues, who may or may not have broken his dick inside Madonna, and who held court with Kim Jong-un, will attend glutenous wing eating event loaded with C-list strippers in South Philadelphia.

Honestly, I’m surprised it took this long.

Here’s Angelo Cataldi making the announcement:

Rodman will also be making an official appearance at the SugarHouse Casino afterparty, just in case you needed another reason not to bar-hop those all-you-can-eat beef and beers at local strip clubs following the big event.

Mick Foley Will Compete at Wing Bowl

Kyle Scott - January 13, 2015

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Timed perfectly with the Royal Rumble, which will be held at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, January 25, just four days before Wing Bowl, the WIP Morning Show announced today that Mick Foley(!) will be a special guest and eater at the annual wing and hooker fest, which, let’s face it, is basically blue collar WWE. I’d imagine we’re only a year or two away from throwing strippers off steel cages, yes?

My guess is this all came together thanks to Spike Eskin, who’s listed as a producer on Tommy Avallone’s I Am Santa documentary, which features Foley.

Foley will also be at the Wing Bowl afterparty at SugarHouse Casino and will sign autographs at the Sports Vault – both of which are our sponsors – in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, January 24 [get tickets!]

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This will be our first of two wrestling posts today, because BAWHGOD our podcast guest this week is a good one. Wrestling promo machine at full throat.