1. The Wing Bowl started as a joke
Back in January 1993, WIP radio host Al Morganti was looking to fill the air during the week before the Super Bowl since the Eagles lost to the Cowboys in the Divisional playoffs 34-7. Morganti made a connection to the Super Bowl-bound Buffalo Bills and the Wing Bowl was born.
2. The first Wing Bowl prize was an abandoned hibachi
It's hard to imagine the humble beginnings of the Wing Bowl now that the event fills the Wells Fargo Center with 20,000 spectators. The first Wing Bowl was held in the lobby of the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel (now closed). There were two competitors, 150 fans, and donated wings from Al Morganti’s neighbor. The winner of the first Wing Bowl, Carmen Cordero, was given a radio contest prize that no one had picked up -- a Budweiser hibachi worth $50.