Feb 1, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT
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.
- Simmons’ shout-out to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
- An upset win by Jamie “The Bear” McDonald of Granby, CT, who entered the arena on a float while wearing a Tom Brady jersey. He beat three-time winner Jonathan “Super” Squibb by only five wings — 287 to 282.
- Alexandra Warner, 20, of Allentown, being named top Wingette (a sort of cheerleader for the event) and winning a Harley Davidson.
- An appearance by new Philadelphia Eagles coach Kelly, who was cheered by the crowd of 20,000 and greeted with chants of “Chip! Chip! Chip!” Kelly:
“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.
- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
- Man wins full marathon while pushing his daughter in a baby stroller (video) 14
- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
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