Kamikaze Smackdown: 5 minutes to hot wing glory

Kamikaze Smackdown: 5 minutes to hot wing glory

EUGENE, Ore. - Five minutes to eat as may kamikaze wings as you can: May 14 marked the first annual Kamikaze Smackdown wing eating competition at Hot Mama’s Wings, 420 West 13th Ave.

The menu offers 15 different wing varieties, including the spiciest flavor of them all: kamikaze.

Contestants were challenged to eat - and keep down - as many kamikaze wings as they could in 5 minutes.

“Throwing up will get you disqualified, and I would like clean bones please,” said Michael Marzano, owner of Hot Mama’s, before the competition started.

The $15 entry fees were donated to United Way.

Ten contestants registered in the hopes of winning a weekend getaway at the coast, and several other 2nd and 3rd place prizes offered by SeQuential Biofuel, Oakshire Brewing and Bergs Ski Shop.  

“Yeah I hope to do this again, maybe even have the competition twice a year,” said Marzano.

Hot Mama’s overflowed with cheering onlookers as the competition began and after five minutes of stuffing their faces, Jacob Keeton was announced as the winner.

After eating 22 wings in five minutes, Keeton said he planned on taking a “special someone” with him to the coast.