Wing Bowl 17: Before We Got “Snooki”ed

In anticipation of Wing Bowl 18, here's a look back at last year, from the first bite to the crowning of the winner.

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In anticipation of Wing Bowl 18 with the usual gluttony and this year's guest -- Snooki from "Jersey Shore" -- here's a look back at last year from the first bite to the finish. Look for our Wing Bowl (and Snooki) pix Friday, Feb. 5 and check out <a href="http://twitter.com/NBCphiladelphia" target="_blank">our Twitter feed</a> all morning for live updates.
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John "Super Squibb" Squibb of Berlin N.J. reacts after winning the Wing Bowl 17 eating contest in Philadelphia.
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Super Squibb awaits the results of Round One. He later went on to win the competition.
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Brian "Cadillac" Carrigan of Rockledge, Pennsylvania stuffs his mouth with wings while encouraged by Wingettes during Wing Bowl 17 in Philadelphia.
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John "Stormin Norman" Tiska of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania stuffs his mouth with Buffalo Wings during Wing Bowl 17 in Philadelphia.
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Attendees to Wing Bowl 17 view a Wingette as she and others pass by during the opening procession of the eating contest in Philadelphia.
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A staffer holds wings for contestants during Wing Bowl 17.
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Wing Bowl competitors watch the World Series trophy as it's paraded around the arena.
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A view of some Wingettes from above.
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The view from the stage of the Wing Bowl crowd.
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Super Squibb awaits his first wings.
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Competitors wore shirts marked "EATER." As if there were any doubt what these guys were there to do...
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The competitors dive in.
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Contestants were put up on the big screen, as the Wachovia Center was filled to the rafters.
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Standing up helped some eaters continue on.
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Water was in no short supply.
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Competitors stretch out between rounds One and Two.
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The Big Bambino was one of the event's heaviest competitors.
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Everyone prepares for Round Two.
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The Wachovia Center was filled nearly to capacity, and the crowd went wild every time a competitor gave up--or threw up.
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Wingettes cheered on their favorite eaters.
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Super Squibb had a devilish entourage.
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Assistants rush to bring plates to the competitors.
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It's Round Two, and they're feeling the pain.
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The look in the eyes says it all.
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Some of the finalists sruggling down the stretch.
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He's not here to have fun.
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Super Squibb realizes he's going to win.
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Super Squibb is crowned champion of Wing Bowl 17.<br /> Will he repeat? Check out <a href="http://twitter.com/NBCphiladelphia" target="_blank">our Twitter feed</a> all morning to find out.
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