A photo from the first challenge, taken by @garciasn and posted on his Flickr stream

A photo from the first challenge, taken by @garciasn and posted on his Flickr stream

Bill, Josh, Danni and I made a pilgrimage to Girvan Grille again this evening for the ghost wing challenge – the second time for each of us and an opportunity to practice for the much-anticipated Oct. 5 Tournament of Champions, which we plan to compete in. Kim chauffeured Bill, Josh and I to the restaurant, where Danni had saved us a table. We went at Happy Hour because the wings were just $5 and ice-cold Summit drafts were $3. Unfortunately, when we got there, the waitress informed us that Happy Hour wings didn’t qualify for the challenge because they were only 5 bucks – which meant we could eat them, but no T-shirt if we finished the plate. Oh well. We ate ’em anyway, just to see if therethey were as hot as we remembered. They were. Tasty too. I made my way through my 10 meaty wings like a man possessed, barely pausing to breathe (that’s because it felt like I was swallowing fire every time I took a breath). I wolfed down all 10 wings in about 5 minutes and would have eaten more if there had been any in front of me. This was not because I was macho, but because the fire in my mouth and throat didn’t really start to burn until I stopped eating. Bill and Josh both said that the slow method they followed, including occasional gulps of beer, was a mistake. The burn was more intense. Josh said his arms and hands were actually tingling and shaking from the endorphins. Bill and I both got a bit dizzy and Bill’s teeth started to chatter after he completed the 10 wings. Weird. Danni said the slow-eating method worked better for her this time. All in all, a very fun trip and training exercise for the Ghost Wing Challenge Tournament of Champions. Be sure to watch us on ESPN2. OK, just kidding about the whole television thing.