Richard Christy’s Beloved Wing Bowl Closes Its Doors After 26 Years

Philadelphia-based chicken wing-eating event calls it quits after the Eagles recent Super Bowl win

October 30, 2018
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Richard Christy will need to find another reason to drink Coffee Kolsch at 4 a.m.

After 26 finger-licking years, Wing Bowl is no more. On Tuesday, Philadelphia radio station WIP-FM announced it has pulled the plug on the annual chicken wing-eating event.

Wing Bowl’s demise is directly related to the Philadelphia Eagles’ recent successes, according to reports. The event was founded in 1993 to console Eagles fans whose team never seemed to find much post-season success, but all that changed after the Eagles won this year’s Super Bowl, and now the Wing Bowl is apparently no longer necessary.

Many fans took the news of Wing Bowl’s cancelation hard, including Stern Show correspondent Wolfie as well as Richard Christy who attended the February event regularly. In fact, the Stern Show staffer loved Wing Bowl so much he and his wife conceived their first-born child Carson Christy during one of their annual pilgrimages.

Howard and Robin discussed Wing Bowl’s demise on Tuesday’s Stern Show and brought Richard in to share his thoughts on the matter. “R.I.P. Wing Bowl,” Richard told them. “It was a blast. I mean, where else can you go and start drinking at four in the morning and just have a friggin’ great time?”

“Anywhere, like home,” Robin replied with a laugh.

“Yeah,” Richard admitted. “But there’s not 20,000 other people doing the same thing.”