As Wing Bowl host (and Pultizer-contending journalist) Angelo Cataldi tells it, the whole reason the competitive eating spectacle exists is because Philadelphia is usually not in the Super Bowl. However, the fact that the Eagles did make it this year isn't stopping the 26th edition of the early morning showdown. It's hype as ever, with lots of Birds-themed costumes and floats, plus plenty of scantily clad "Wingettes" (who may or may not get paid for showing up). But the event isn't just about showing skin — a woman has actually been crowned champion. Multiple times. As Billy Penn's acting editor pointed out a couple years back, that's certainly never happened in the NFL.
Unlike before the NFC Championship game, the Philadelphia Police will not be greasing street poles with Crisco in advance of the Eagles Super Bowl LII appearance. Why not? Basically, the substance didn't do the trick — people shimmied up the posts anyway. Instead, they've hinted they'll use something else, something slicker. Sources told Fox29 it would be gear oil, but that's unconfirmed. Either way, what'll this whole stunt cost? Nothing for the taxpayers. Apparently it's all coming out of the police captain's pockets. We tapped a local engineer to help calculate approximately how much they'll have to pony up.
Eagles madness is everywhere in this region right now, even in donut shops — and some of the craze is benefiting Philly schools. Like the Lane Johnson/Chris Long underdogs tee, sales from Federal Donuts' new green treat go to the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. How much will it raise? No small amount, looks like, since the first batch of 10 dozen donuts sold out in just one hour. If you want some for your Super Bowl party, call ahead. Soon.
Sometimes it's hard to remember with all the green donuts and greased poles that there's an actual football game being played this Sunday. It's also hard to remember that only time Nick Foles and Tom Brady will be on the field together during Super Bowl LII is during the coin toss (maybe) and when they shake hands after the game. Still, it's fun to compare apples to Super apples. Here’s a position-by-position breakdown of the Eagles and Patriots, to see which team has the edge.
Meanwhile, in other parts of Pennsylvania — and at Grey Lodge Pub in Northeast Philly, which has served beer for breakfast on Groundhog Day for 16 years running — the big thing this morning is watching Punxsutawney Phil try to catch sight of his shadow. Every Feb. 2, tens of thousands of people from around the world descend on that little town made famous by Bill Murray. Rodent Phil's legend has grown over the years. Did you know he can text? That he's married? That he opposed Prohibition?
Loroko is a woman of color-owned pupusa pop-up in South Philly. The chefs are currently taking orders for Saturday delivery of the traditional Central American snack, which features a fluffy thick corn tortilla stuffed with various savory fillings. Check out the menu and place your advance order. Vegan and vegetarian options available.
Where: Loroko at South Philly
When: February 3, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: $10 minimum order