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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wing Bowl Celebrates Gluttony

We here in the States love the Super Bowl, Chicken Wings, Eating Contests, Gluttony...

The following story celebrates all of these:

(Information from Reuters Life! By Jon Hurdle) -- At 5 a.m. on a freezing January morning more than 15,000 Philadelphians crammed into a sports arena on Friday to witness the city's annual festival of gluttony and lust.

It's the Wing Bowl, a competitive-eating extravaganza in which 27 men try to eat the largest number of chicken wings in 30 minutes.

They are assisted by legions of bikini-clad young women called "Wingettes", and encouraged by a baying crowd which stayed up most of the night to take part in the spectacle.

Jonathon Squibb, a 23-year-old computer technician from Berlin, New Jersey, won the event and a $30,000 Mini Cooper after eating 203 wings without getting sick.

Alejandro A. Alvarez/Staff Photographer

The Wing Bowl has become a major event in Philadelphia on the Friday before the Super Bowl. It was started in 1993 as a consolation for fans of the Philadelphia Eagles football team which usually fail, as they did this year, to qualify for the national championship.

Organizers can't explain why thousands of people endure freezing temperatures to attend the Wing Bowl.

"It isn't hard to understand, it's impossible to understand," said Al Morganti, the founder of the event and co-host of the WIP morning show.

Michael Berger, a New Jersey flooring contractor who calls himself The Eating Machine, defeated hundreds of other eaters by putting on a preliminary "stunt" that qualified him for the final. He wowed the judges by eating 32 ounces of mayonnaise in 1 minute, 30 seconds, a feat that gave him odds of 4-1.

David Spector, a 20-year-old student from Rutgers University, qualified by eating 10 whole lemons in five minutes while playing the saxophone.

Despite the humor, eating is a serious business as 27 men in T-shirts sat at long tables stuffing wings into their faces and taking rapid sips of water and trying to keep the food down, with not all succeeding.

Faith Casciano, 55, mother of contestant Michael Casciano, aka The Caveman, supports her son out of loyalty not approval of the event.

"The gluttony is not anything that a mother should really be proud of," she said. "I would rather he did other things with his life, but if this makes him happy ..."

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Sir Bowie "who can't say anything because I USED to eat a can of Planters Cheese Balls and drink a six pack of beer a night" of Greenbriar


  1. Ah the anomoly of Gluttony Contests in America...the one piece of evidence that Darwin never had the chance to factor into his Natural Selection Theory :)

    Sir Dayvd ( whose 5 pints of Thwaites Nutty Black Champion beer last night was not gluttony, but seasoned sociability in a gregarious atmosphere ) of Oxfordshire

    see link below

  2. I've been known to let out my alter ego, Gluttony Guy, once in a while. It happened last night at Knob Hill Tavern, when Lady Allwinky and I ate a large pizza, an order of onion rings, and each had 7 fishbowls of Sam Adams Winter Ale! Just a little foggy this morning, but a good pre-game warm up for the Super Bowl!

    I agree with Sir Dayvd, no gluttony, but seasoned sociability in a gregarious atmosphere! Well Said!

    Sir Hook the Gluttony Guy of Warrick

  3. wow and you didn't call us to help you eat and drink and be merry?!

    of course, we were cheering on the UE Aces to another exciting win, and only a little foggy after stopping by
    to see Sir Kegler at Legends...

    Go Cards!
    (carryover from our UL days)

    Lady Suzanne of Greenbriar