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Dan Gross | Champ's practicing on wings

WING BOWL champion Joey Chestnut's planning to visit town later this month to practice on the P.J. Whelihan's wings that will serve as the official entree of the 610-WIP contest this year.

WING BOWL champion

Joey Chestnut

's planning to visit town later this month to practice on the P.J. Whelihan's wings that will serve as the official entree of the 610-WIP contest this year.

Chestnut, the two-time champ who devoured 182 wings last year, says his goal was 200.

This time, he tells us he'll put away 200 wings at the Feb. 1 Wachovia Center event. Chestnut, who won the Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, calls Wing Bowl the "biggest competitive eating spectacle in the world." The San Jose, Calif., dude has changed his tune about five-time champion Bill "El Wingador" Simmons. He's no longer trash-talking Wingador, though last year Chestnut told us he "would hate to embarrass him in his hometown." Wingador's record was 162 at Wing Bowl 13.

Doc returns to rock at Doc's

After 34 years, Dr. Paul Goldberg, who used to play Doc Watson's Pub (216 S. 11th) while a med student at Jefferson, is returning to perform there Friday with Dr. Physics and the Root Cellar and a Bucks County band called Crucial. Doc's owner, Barry Sandrow, says he got a call from one of Goldberg's classmates, Jefferson Hospital's Dr. Richard Bennett, that he'll be sick that night. Meanwhile, Goldberg's son Steven is following in his dad's footsteps: He plays guitar and is a freshman at Jeff.

Out and about

Donovan McNabb, Jevon Kearse, Takeo Spikes, Cole Hamels and Marlon Byrd were among jocks at Jimmy Rollins' party at Triada Lounge (120 Market) over the weekend, where he celebrated his NL MVP award and his 29th birthday.

* Eagles defensive end Juqua Thomas brought his galpal to Davio's (111 S. 17th) for her birthday. Thomas went for cheesesteak spring rolls, a spinach salad and a steak. We're glad to hear the big guy's also generous, leaving a 50-percent tip.

Sheryl Crow sneaks into town

Sheryl Crow and her band popped by the WHYY-FM studios yesterday for an interview with "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross and to play a couple of tunes in the studio. No word on when the piece will be heard on 'HYY's air.

Harry the K in cartoon form

A caricature of legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Friday at the Palm (200 S. Broad). His mug will join the cartoon faces of several hundred characters and muckety-mucks as well as people who greased somebody to get a shot on the wall.

Not boos, but Duuuuce

Eagles and former Steelers are expected to party alongside Duce Staley Sunday night at XO (1437 South) in a party that's open to the public. The retired running back will be honored in a halftime ceremony at Sunday's Eagles/Giants game.

Arnold headlines benefit show

Ben Arnold headlines a Sunday benefit for the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association at Manayunk's Dawson Street Pub (Dawson & Cresson). The show runs 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and features Wissahickon Chicken Shack, E.J. Simpson, Jeremy Hollis, Chris Kasper, the Rev. LeRoy Montana and several more artists. Admission is $10.

G4 gaming show here today

G4's "Attack of the Show" and host Kevin Pereira will broadcast today from the North Philadelphia home of Amra Ricketts.

The video game show airs on G4 at 7 and 11 p.m. weekdays.

Matt & Huggy party, podcast

Former 94 WYSP hosts Matt & Huggy, who podcast at, will be doing so live from General Grant's (Roosevelt & Grant) from 8 to 10 Saturday night. *

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