Sodom and Gomorrah in a Cup

PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 1: Buffalo wings await contestants during Wing Bowl 16 at the Wachovia Center February 1, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over 20,000 people came to watch Joey Chestnut win Wing Bowl 16 by eating 241 buffalo wings. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Dennis Rodman was the special guest; that says a lot right there.

So does one of the few rules of the competition: “if you heave you leave”.

Philadelphia had its 24th annual Wing Bowl competition yesterday, and the winner, 5’7″, 120 pound Molly Schuyler ate 429 wings in 30 minutes. That is the equivalent of 33 pounds of chicken, and 77,650 calories.

A moderately active woman should eat about 2,000 calories per day; in a little over 30 minutes, Schuyler ate over 38 days’ worth of food.

Schuyler is what as known as a professional competitive eater, and I cannot imagine what would attract someone to such a career. Schuyler is quite successful at what she does; if you want to see some of Schuyler’s other feats, here is her Wikipedia page.

While I don’t know much about other eating contests, it seems as if the Philadelphia Wing Bowl is unique in how it has managed to turn itself into an annual spectacle. The event was the brainchild of Philly Sports Talk Radio WIP 610,  when it became apparent the Philadelphia Eagles were not going to make the Super Bowl anytime soon.

Wing Bowl 1 was held in 1993 in a hotel and attracted 150 fans. Today, the event traditionally held the Friday before the Super Bowl, is held at the Wells Fargo Center and attracts 20,000 fans.

It has been referred to as a “living den of iniquity” and “Sodom and Gomorrah in a cup“.

Despite those less than stellar nicknames, tickets for this year’s Wing Bowl 24 sold out in nine minutes in December, at $10 apiece. It’s a good deal for the thousands who take off work, drink beer in a parking lot, drink beer at the Wells Fargo Center (doors open at 5:00 a.m.) and then drink beer at a strip club at 10 a.m.

I don’t know about you, but I can find better things to do at 6:00 in the morning.

And I can certainly find something better to eat than 33 pounds of chicken wings in 30 minutes, maybe something like 30 bananas in a day.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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