Friday, January 30, 2004

SONYA THOMAS TAKES WING BOWL: Beating Cookie Jarvis 167 wings to 165 wings in overtime.

"I feel great," she said as the way-too-big Wing Bowl crown fell over her head and onto her nose. She said she would return next year to defend her crown.

Contest officials said it was Thomas's overtime strategy - focusing on the drumsticks, which are easier to eat - that put her over the edge.

STRATEGY always provides the edge in competitive eating at this level--I've said it before and I'll say it again.

The sports radio station is all abuzz with people calling in saying "We're gonna make this the Super Bowl of competitive eating!" in that lovable neurotic Philly way. It was a huge crown--22,000--but still.

Oh, and Wingador was third and now claims to be retired. I don't think he'll be able to raise his game to the next level to compete with the pros, but he--as a four time champion--did put the event--supposed to be the best-attended competitive eating event in the world--on the map.

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