Philly’s bowl full of wings and breasts

By Calvin Palmer

In Philadelphia, Super Bowl Sunday is preceded by Wing Bowl Friday.  For the past 17 years, thousands have turned up to see the annual fast food-eating contest. That is fast food-eating rather than consuming the fare served up by Burger King, Taco Bell or KFC.

A tasty Wingette.  Picture courtesy of AP.

A tasty Wingette. Picture courtesy of AP.

A crowd of 20,000 turned up this morning at the Wachovia Center to witness 23-year-old John Squibb, from Berlin, New Jersey, down 203 chicken wings in 20 minutes.

He beat off a strong challenge by Richard “Not Rich” Razzi, from Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, who came in second by eating 180 wings.

Squibb, known as “Super Squibb,” won a Mini Cooper, a $7,500 diamond ring and crown decorated with miniature chickens. No mention was made of a case of Rolaids.

Professional eaters were not allowed in this year’s Wing Bowl, but organizers say they’ll be back next year.

The contest is sponsored by sports-talk station WIP-AM and its carnival atmosphere features the scantily clad “Wingettes”.

All proceeds go to benefit the Philadelphia Police Department.

[Based on reports by Associated Press, South Jersey News and The News Journal.]

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