FIVE-TIME Wing Bowl champ Bill "El Wingador" Simmons will not be part of this year's 21st annual celebration of gluttony and strippers Feb. 1, says 94 WIP morning host, Angelo Cataldi.
Simmons is awaiting trial on a charge of cocaine distribution following his arrest last June in Gloucester County.
"We all owe a debt to Bill for what he has done for our event," Cataldi said Tuesday.
"But I think for his benefit that his role be downplayed while he's working things out with the courts," continued Cataldi, who wrote a letter on behalf of Simmons for his bail hearing.
"To bring him up on stage could invite negativity that we don't want. You know how our crowds are. He might not be met as the hero, which he is at Wing Bowl," Cataldi said, adding, "There will never be a time when I don't acknowledge his benefit."
Simmons said that he will not attend Wing Bowl 21, at the Wells Fargo Center, the first time in 15 years that he will miss the event. Simmons said that he's not mad at Cataldi or anyone else at the station but that since he hasn't been convicted of anything, it isn't right to discriminate against him.
"I tortured myself trying to be the best at what I do, but it's their game, it's their rules," Wingador said.
Simmons has already retired from competing in Wing Bowl, which WIP sponsors, but insists, "If I really wanted to, I could train my butt off and still place in the top 3 in America."
As for his drug charge, Simmons said, "I got caught up in some stupid s---," but added that his attorneys advised he not comment.
She'll miss Bowl
Porn star-turned-aspiring politician Mary Carey is excited to be dancing at Oasis Gentlemen's Club (6800 Essington) this week, but is also upset that she'll have to miss the Wing Bowl.
Carey has been a Wingette three times and has called Wing Bowl her favorite day of the year.
She'll perform at Oasis Thursday through Saturday nights.
Football girl visits Ellen
Doylestown's Caroline Pla, the 11-year-old football player who was booted from a Philadelphia CYO football team for being female, sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Tuesday.
More than 54,000 people have signed a petition at Change.org to ask the CYO to reconsider its decision that she couldn't play football.
King play party
The Brothers' Network will sponsor a black-tie gala surrounding Saturday's performance of "The Mountaintop," at the Suzanne Roberts Theater. The play deals with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Tickets are $100 for the performance and postshow reception or $250 for the show, party and a seven-course dinner at Sbraga (Broad & Pine) before the show.
For more information, call 267- 334-4897 or visit the brothersnetwork. net.
The Brothers' Network's mission is to engage black men and the community in intellectual dialogue and discourse.
Ben Stein? Bueller?
Ben Stein, the actor, economist and former speechwriter for President Nixon, delivers La Salle University's annual Economic Outlook on Jan. 29 at the Loews Hotel. Tickets for the noon to 2 p.m. event are $75 and available by calling 215-991-3595 or emailing hagner@ lasalle.edu.
You may remember Stein from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," or his Comedy Central game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money."
Club now Ten Six
The Ten Six Club (1709 Walnut) opens Thursday night on the former site of the Walnut Room, which closed New Year's Eve. The club was renovated and reconceptualized by Joe Beckham and Giancarlo Dipasquale, who own the restaurant Alfa downstairs, as well as Fishtown's Loco Pez (2401 E. Norris). They plan a variety of parties, including British rock nights and dubstep events.
For info, visit tensixclub.com.
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