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 Pool Play Results
Jun24

Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Pool Play Results

When we began this competition we all knew that there was some arbitrariness to the evaluation process. That’s what makes the Wing Cup unique. In order to pull through the tournament an establishment is going to have produce excellent results on a consistent basis. There’s also a tad bit of luck involved. The sole purpose is to find our Cluck or Chuck champion. Therefore, the pairings certainly matter. For the Wing Cup 2014, the Groups were randomly drawn. Theoretically, a judge might eliminate an otherwise excellent wing if placed in a “Cluck of Death” with steep competition. Also, the top two wings could face each other before the final. It is important to note that the Committee is not ranking wings. Ultimately, there is only one that can hold the title of Cluck or Chuck Champion. Losers need not apply. The committee allowed the judges to evaluate wings based upon a recommendation from the House (H) as well as the Judge’s Choice (J). The judge’s were then asked to select their top two establishments that will move on to the Round of 16. Pool results are in and there are some upsets, some revelations, and some surprising new favorites. You can see the bracket below. Keep in mind that our judges are professionals. The reviews below may be harsh, but that should be expected when dealing with things of such serious nature.   GROUP A: Ziffles Rib Bar, Flanagan’s Restaurant & Pub, Mad Anthony, Shigs in Pit Judge: Wolfgang Cluck I was intrigued by my group that pitted two joints known primarily for great BBQ against two established pubs. Shigs in Pit was my favorite going into this group. I really enjoy smoked wings, so I was disappointed from the outset. If you enjoy smoked wings placed inside a plastic bag then reheated in the microwave, I recommend Shigs. However, if you want to be named Cluck or Chuck 2014 Champion, I’m looking for a lot more. Ziffles offers their three signature BBQ sauces (cleverly named as mild, medium and hot) for their wings cooked traditionally in the fryer. They were cooked to a crisp, but otherwise nothing that will take home the title. Flanagan’s provided a decent offering with their Spicy Chipotle (J) and Hot BBQ (H). Despite the trendy “chipotle” name, it was pretty standard stuff. Fortunately, Mad Anthony salvaged this round for me and truly dominated this group. Their Teriyaki sauce (H) and Hot BBQ (sauce on the size) were both fine additions to already well prepared (baked or perhaps smoked) and seasoned wings. Wolfgang prefers a crisp wing, but for Mad Anthony’s, he will make an exception any day! Results: (1)...

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