Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Final 4 Results
Jul29

Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Final 4 Results

On behalf of all of the esteemed Wing Cup 2014 judges happy National Wing Day to everyone. It is no coincidence that we chose this day to announce our Wing Cup 2014 Championship match-up. When your life’s (month’s) work has been to eat and compare wings there is no bigger day than today. This competition has left a wake of semi-destruction, physical and mental – marriages have been tested, friendships questioned, man-cards revoked. Is it worth it, you might ask? No doubt in our minds. This contest is not over. Alas, it’s truly just beginning. How is that, you might ask? What’s with all the questions? Well, the results of the Wing Cup will be hotly debated near watercoolers, in internet chat rooms (where Cletus Nightrain lurks creepily), in front of and behind bars, and on the local playing fields. Twice I have been verbally assaulted for Tower’s early exit, I’m likely no longer welcome at Dicky’s, and Kaysan’s now makes me sit in a dark corner and only serves me boneless wings nuggets. So much for using a pseudonym. I can only imagine my fellow judges have felt the same backlash. Before we post the results, a behind-the-scenes “hero” needs to be recognized. She has been dutifully ghost-editing these posts for the website, and with multiple judges who write and spell at a 3rd grade level (no offense 3rd grade readers), this is not an easy task. Her name is Mother Clucker. She is a prim and proper grammatical aficionado who never leaves the house without her red pen.  She has great pride in her fellow wing tasting professionals and looks after them adoringly. But don’t let her delicate nurturing ways lead you astray.  She’ll tear into a steaming hot basket of Cluck or Chuck’s champion wings with wild abandon…and anyone who tries to stop her will suffer more than just the slash of her red pen. Thank you to all the volunteer staff at LivingFortWayne.com for providing a virtual venue to host this tournament.   Acme v Buffalo Wings & Ribs Majority opinion summarized by Cluck Norris Since founding my Wing Combat League (WCL) in 2005 I have seen many abusive interactions from talented contenders.  While this match up was no Norris vs. Brasky bout, these two Fort Wayne Wing Heavy Weights did not disappoint, and the outcome of this match up may very well be argued for generations to come. Due to the seriousness of this round, eight judges gathered to determine which of these establishments was worthy to fight head-to-head in the Wing Cup Cluck or Chuck Championship Match.  On one side of the line,...

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Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Final 4
Jul23

Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Final 4

Well wing fans, this is where we separate the Clucks from the Chucks. It’s down to four. Sure, a couple of our quarter-finalists may have snuck in due to some favorable match-ups or poor performances by their opposition. But there’s no more time for excuses. There is no room in the Wing Cup final four for flukes, flakes, or the flavorless. Any of the four winners of these match-ups are worthy champions – they are the best of the best in the Fort. Let’s see who will continue on and who flew the coop.   Wrigley vs. Pint & Slice As told by Wolfgang Cluck I hate the Cubs. It really all stems from an incident that happened when an inebriated Harry Caray stumbled across me (literally) as a young boy after a game in the friendly confines. OK – I had to get that off my chest. This matchup provides an interesting contrast. On the one hand you have 816 Pint & Slice: a downtown eatery that knows exactly what it is – so much so that it tells you right in its name. Its setup is made to appeal to both the hipster and the downtown employee. They also happen to do wings. On the other hand you have Wrigley Field Bar & Grill: a no frills, blue collar sports bar. They also happen to have a daily salad bar and lunch specials that seem to attract contemporaries of Harry Caray – without the stumbling. The Pint has unceremoniously made it through to the Quarterfinals with their workingman approach to wings. Aiming to please their downtown clientele, these piemen and women clearly take advantage of the fiery oven to provide a consistently baked wing – generously breaded and served with barbecue or hot sauce – to their tasty pizza and grinder repertoire. The wings are a decent option to quench the craving; however, proceed with caution if you want these wings to come crispy with your carry out order. If Wrigley is confused as to its clientele, it most certainly isn’t confused on how to prepare its self-proclaimed “World Famous Wings.” While some joints will comply with a request to do so, the grill comes standard here where every wing is fried, grilled and then sauced. We’ve been told that regulars also know to request that the sauced wings be placed on the impinger (conveyor oven) to finish with a hot, sticky coating. We tried the original wing (a medium buffalo) and teriyaki (a more salty/savory than sweet version than many others), which came with positive reviews. VERDICT: While the benefits of Wrigley’s grill were lost on this carry-out order, the effects on...

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