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PJ Whelihan's

February 05, 2016 10:00 ET

Welcoming the Wing Men: Chicken Wing Stats From Wing Bowl to The Big Game

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - Feb 5, 2016) - An enormous amount of culinary and prep effort goes into creating the variety, and maintaining the delicious quality, of the fabulous and beloved fowl-centric treats enjoyed at the P.J.W. Restaurant Group's entire family of 18 restaurants on a daily basis. For them, The Big Game Sunday wing sales are off the charts, making them a serious contender for wing-based knowledge and insight.

As a result, since 2008, P.J. Whelihan's has been the official supplier of the chicken wings for Philadelphia's annual WIP Wing Bowl. Following is a rundown of interesting facts surrounding America's favorite competitive eating spectacle, general background on those sticky and spicy The Big Game treats and what makes PJ Whelihan's Philly and Jersey's favorite wings.

  • Americans will devour 1.3 billion chicken wings this coming Sunday per the National Chicken Council

  • 75,000: Wings are sold every Tuesday, the weekly 1/2 price wing night celebration at all 13 P.J. Whelihan's. That's 12,500 pounds of wings every Tuesday -- equal to the weight of 18 Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy Motorcycles (one of the prizes awarded to the Wing Bowl overall champion).

  • 444 or 34 lbs: Number of wings the 2015 winner, Patrick Bertoletti, consumed in 26 minutes. Those are enough wings to reach the top of a 10-story building when stacked end to end.

  • Four: The number of wings away the runner up, Molly Shcuyler, was from winning. Shcuyler won the 2014 Wing Bowl by finishing 363 wings, or 30 pounds. That's a quarter of the competitive eater's body weight.

  • 6,000: Number of calories an average American will consume while watching the The Big Game.

  • 181: Calories per wing. Translated -- last year's Wing Bowl champion consumed 65,703 calories in one sitting. That also means if Americans eat 1.3 billion, they will consume 235,300,000 collective calories via chicken wing this coming Sunday.

  • 10,000: Wings are given gratis (despite the annual The Big Game wing price hike) for hungry wing bowl competitors chomping it out for the 'heavy' weight title. 10,000 wings would fill the Wells Fargo Center hockey arena 16.5 times, line 8.81 football fields, or cover the distance between Wells Fargo Center and Citizen's Bank Park if laid end to end.

  • 11: Number of sauces P.J. Whelihan's offers to dress their wings; alleged number of herbs and spices in different brand's "famous" chicken; and also the hour P.J. Whelihan's open their doors to the wing eating public every day.

  • 2015: P.J. Whelihan's sold 10 million wings, the most wings in the restaurant group's 33-year history. The company has been on a growth trajectory from 1 to 18 restaurants and has never closed a single one.

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