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Man scarfs 287 chicken wings to win raucous Wing Bowl 21, and Chip Kelly was there to see it

Feb 1, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

Jamie "The Bear" McDonald from Granby, Connecticut celebrates winning "Wing Bowl 21" after eating 287 chicken wings in Philadelphia Reuters

The winner scarfed 287 chicken wings, the favorite did not attend due to a federal indictment on drug charges the night before, there was a Chris Christie shoutout, and new Eagles coach Chip Kelly showed up. In other words, just another typical Wing Bowl at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

Today’s Wing Bowl 21 featured, among other things:

  • News that perennial chicken wing-eating dynamo Bill “El Wingador” Simmons would not be present, due to having been indicted on drug charges related to a cocaine arrest last year.
  • Alexandra Warner, 20, of Allentown, being named top Wingette (a sort of cheerleader for the event) and winning a Harley Davidson.

“The second most important bowl, besides the Super Bowl, which is my goal, is the Wing Bowl.”


So El Wingador was not in attendance for tonight’s event — and neither was defending champion Takeru Kobayashi, who set a Wing Bowl record last year by eating 327 wings. More highlights here.

  1. tyler4richardson - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Champion……. Pending a potential heart attack.

  2. alligatorsnapper - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Anyone tell these guys and gals there is a wing shortage? I guess there is even more of a shortage now.