New Englander wins Philly's Wing Bowl 21

Pictures from Wing Bowl 21 in Philadelphia

February 1, 2013 2:34:55 PM PST
A competitor from New England came to town and won WIP'S Wing Bowl 21 at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Friday.

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The speed-eating spectacle began bright and early before a crowd of 20,000 at the Wells Fargo Center, and even included a guest appearance by new Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Jamie "The Bear" McDonald, of Connecticut, downed 287 wings, winning by a margin of just five. For his effort, McDonald took home prizes of $20,000 in cash along with a $7,500 ring from Steven Singer.

"For me it's about the glory of the Wing Bowl. I did fight for New England and my fellow Navy vets. I had to take it," McDonald said.

The local crowd wasn't happy, however, as a chorus of boos rained down on the out-of-towner.

In the local category, Dave "U.S. Male" Goldstein, from Voorhees, New Jersey, edged out three-time champ Jonathan "Super Squibb" Squibb.

"He's a three-time champion, you've got to give him respect," said Goldstein.

As for the wingettes, they cheered and coaxed the eaters throughout the competition. The Wingette of the Year, Alexander Warner, even rode home on a Harley.

"I did win the Harley! I'm so excited!" Warner said.

Even before the smell of chicken wings had left the Wells Fargo Center, the victor has already promised to come back next year and defend his title.