Jamie McDonald eats 287 wings to win title
February, 1, 2013
By Bill Speros | Special to ESPN.com
Jamie "The Bear" McDonald survived a furious three-way battle down the stretch to win the SportsRadio94 WIP Wing Bowl 21 in Philadelphia Friday morning.
McDonald, of Granby, Conn., was a first-time participant in the event, which featured a visit to the sold-out and raucous Wells Fargo Center by new Eagles coach Chip Kelly. McDonald was one of the designated "bad guys" at the event and even wore a Tom Brady jersey early on to fire up the crowd, which booed him after the final result.
McDonald won by eating 287 wings over 30 minutes. He beat three-time champion and local favorite Jonathan "Super" Squibb, of Berlin, N.J., by five wings. "New England ruined our championship again," said WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi, alluding to the Patriots' victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
"It was a lot more intense and much harder than I thought it would be. This was my top event, even if I'm getting booed," McDonald, who won a $20,000 first prize, told WIP morning drive team member and event creator Al Morganti. McDonald fell short of his pre-Wing Bowl goal of 300 wings. "The size of the wings made a difference," he said.
The event went down to the final two-minute blitz, with McDonald leading by 12 wings (265-253) over Squibb after the first two 14-minute halves. The crowd of more than 20,000 was loud and boisterous throughout the event, especially with McDonald leading down the stretch.
Dave "U.S. Male" Goldstein, of Voorhees, N.J., was third overall with 266 wings.
Cataldi called Kelly's visit "the greatest moment in Wing Bowl history."
For his part, Kelly was overwhelmed by the spectacle. "Wow, just wow,” said Kelly. “I wanted to get a feel for what Philadelphia is like -- kind of speechless.”
You can watch a pay-per-view video of the event's highlights starting at 1 p.m. Friday at watchwingbowl.com.
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