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 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.