Friday, February 1, 2013
Connecticut's James "The Bear" McDonald pulls out a narrow victory over the three-time champ.
Philadelphia's championship drought has spread to yet another sport: New Englander James "The Bear" McDonald pulled off an upset victory in Wing Bowl 21, edging three-time champ Jonathan “Super” Squibb to take the title. One of five out-of-town ringers brought in to challenge Squibb, McDonald lived up to his bidding as the 2012 All Pro Eating Rookie of the Year and fulfilled his prediction he would out-eat Squibb for the title. “This wasn’t necessarily as intimidating as I thought, but the final result was a lot closer than I thought it would be,” McDonald said amid a rain of boos from a drunkenly partisan crowd. “I had to really push it.” McDonald built a slim lead heading into the finals and held off Squibb and Dave “U.S. Male” Goldstein…
Friday, February 3, 2012
Rick the Manager didn't make it through, but he "managed" his way to still be on the other side. My impressions of the event.
Wing Bowl 20 came and went on Friday - that's how fast it was. It truly felt like a whirlwind. Having never been to a Wing Bowl before, I didn't really know what to expect. So I did some research. Let's just say it's not the classiest of events Philadelphia has to offer, checking out a recap of last year's Wing Bowl. But then again, the contest was founded upon a unique principle... one very close to Philadelphia sports fans' hearts: "We didn't make it to the Super Bowl (again), so let's ease our minds with one big party." And it is a party. The eating contest itself was very fun and exciting, and this year's winner has become a "household" name in competitive eating: Takeru Kobayashi. Kobayashi set a WIP Wing Bowl record, eating 337 wings…
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Royersford's own Rick "The Manager" Russo (Mr. Patch 2011) will be partaking in his fourth consecutive Wing Bowl. Patch Editor Kevin Haslam joins Russo to cover his performance.
Just a few days ago, we named Rick "The Manager" Russo, Royersford resident and competitive eater, Mr. Patch 2011. The award came to Russo after he won the polls that occurred in December through early January. In light of Russo competing in his fourth consecutive WIP Wing Bowl, which is an annual buffalo wing eating contest held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, yours truly will be tagging along to cover all things Rick The Manager! Russo invited me to be in his "entourage" - the group that hangs with each eater for the entire event. I'll be there, sporting my Patch hat and a Rick The Manager t-shirt, documenting each step Russo takes toward potential victory (although WIP morning show host Angelo Cataldi said Russo has no shot …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The competitive eater out of Royersford will be participating in his fourth consecutive WIP Wing Bowl on Friday, but also does good in the community. Your votes named him Mr. Patch 2011!
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- Kevin Haslam
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Most people who are tuned in to Patch, and have been for quite some time, may only know Rick Russo as the guy who put his Christmas lights up in 105-degree weather this past summer to lure in the cool air. Others may only know him because he provided his house as the venue for Patch's Wing Kings contest, or for the host of competitive eaters he hangs with, such as Notorious B.O.B. - a Royersford resident who is a part of Major League Eating. So, when Russo was deemed the winner in the polls to be named Mr. Patch 2011, some people may have been shocked. Russo earned 1,024 votes of the 1,679 votes cast, but even he was surprised. "I really am honored for this Mr. Patch and that people took enough interest in voting for me," Russo said. "…