Wing Bowl ends after 26-years

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

WIP has stopped the Wing Bowl. Angelo Cataldi made the announcement on his radio show on Tuesday morning.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it has been a very difficult decision to make because of our great affection for it. But WIP has decided to end Wing Bowl. Wing Bowl, after 26 years now, has been put to rest at WIP,” said Cataldi on air.

Chicken Wings
Chicken Wings (Photo by Elsie Hui/Flickr)

Cataldi was one of two men, Al Morganti, being the other, who started the Philadelphia tradition. On the Friday before Super Bowl Sunday, people would block to the Wells Fargo Center to see competes shove their faces with wings.

It was first started in 1993. It was also first broadcasted on WIP.

The first Wing Bowl was held in the lobby of the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel in Center City. Carmen Cordero won the very first event and received a hibachi as the prize.

Of course, there would be a winner of the event of the eating contest every year. Molly Schuyler was the winner of Wing Bowl XXVI on February 2nd, 2018, as she devoured a record 501 wings in one half-hour.

Since 2000, the Wing Bowl was held at the Wells Fargo Center. It was broadcasted on WIP. Despite no TV deal, it was replayed on CW 57, Comcast SportsNet, and a local station within a week.

The Wing Bowl since making the move drew more than 20,000 fans.

Morganti, according to the background of the story, came up with the idea “when it became apparent the Philadelphia Eagles were not going to make the Super Bowl anytime soon. It is also suggested that Morganti was fed up with the Buffalo Bills going to the Super Bowl and not winning.”

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