DISCLAIMER: Philadelphia is full of world-class art, universities, culture, and wonderful, classy, people.
The people tailgating at 4 a.m. outside the Wing Bowl, a notoriously debauched eating competition, are NOT those people. The Wing Bowl is an annual tradition put on by local sports radio 94WIP just before the Super Bowl. It starts at 6 a.m., and the parking lot of the Wells Fargo arena is full of people who have been up all night getting drunk.
Each wing-eating contestant is brought out by a pack of strippers from various local clubs, and the "Can Cam" on the Jumbotron focuses in on women who are booed until they flash the crowd. It's disgusting and glorious.
It's also a uniquely Philly event — everyone from Philadelphia knows about it, but not many outsiders do. We wanted to know more about how Philly is not just a place, but a state of mind.