‘Wing Bowl,’ a Philadelphia tradition, is no more

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Richard Morgan Fliehr greats fans as he makes a surprise appearance during Wing Bowl 26, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, on February 2, 2018. The annual chicken wing eating contest is set two days before Super Bowl 52, where the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the New England Patriots. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — A Philly tradition unlike any other, “Wing Bowl” is no more.

Angelo Cataldi, host of the morning show on Sports Radio WIP and the co-founder of the event, announced on his show Tuesday morning that Wing Bowl has been canceled after 26 years.

Founded as a fun alternative for Eagles fans — who generally had some free time in January and February, since their favorite team rarely made the Super Bowl, organizers felt the annual chicken wing eating contest had become superfluous after Philly won the NFL crown last season.

Entercom Philadelphia’s market manager David Yadgaroff, program director Spike Eskin, marketing director Cindy Webster, and promotions coordinator Bryan Cole were all in-studio for the announcement, which was made by Caltaldi and co-founders Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes.

“This was the right time to go out and if there was a time to stop doing, after winning the Super Bowl was the time,” Eskin said.

“I can’t believe how emotional I feel about it being over,” Cataldi said.

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