The Bars of Madison...Bitches (B.O.M.B.) pub crawl
, takes place annually in Madison, Wisconsin
over the course of a pre-determined Saturday in February, and is the only incorporated pub crawl in the US.
Origin of BOMB
Bars of Madison...Bitches, or B.O.M.B., was the brainchild of a group of UW-Madison
alumni. The original purpose of B.O.M.B. was to act ostensibly as an organized reunion for other UW Alumni, though was and is not exclusive to graduates of the university. The popularity of the event was such that establishments started competing for the privilege of becoming a stop on the crawl, and bar owners starting paying the group in order to benefit from the media frenzy surrounding the event.
Formation of the B.O.M.B. corporation
Due to the amount of income that the event generated, Cory Wobig, the founder of B.O.M.B., elected to form a corporation in 2005. Wobig owns the company outright and acts as the board's chairman, while the participating bar owners act as the board members.
Example Schedule of Bars
|| Bar |
|| Church Key |
|| Johnny O's |
|| Wando's |
|| Brats |
|| KK |
|| The Pub |
|| Monday's |
|| Quintons |
|| Irish Pub / Pauls Club |
|| Ramshead (formerly Bullfeathers) |
|| The State |
Controversy surrounding B.O.M.B. corporation
In 2006, Wobig elected to donate 50% of all profits to charity by way of sponsoring their friend, Brett Sand, in a number of races whose entry fee proceeds went to a variety of charitable organizations. Two problems resulted from this, the first being that some of the actual charities being represented were aimed at the prevention of alcoholism. The provided race gear, emblazoned with various drinking establishment logos, was looked at as disrespectfully ironic. The other problem was that the race fees and donations amounted to just shy of $10,000, while the amount given to Sand with a ceremonial novelty check was in the amount of $250,000. Wobig has refused to comment on the discrepancy, and the two have come under no legal action at the present time
In early 2007, Brett Sand was dealt a cruel twist of fate. While participating in a charitable track meet for the Special Olympics in Atlanta, GA, Brett experienced a massive ischemic stroke during the long jump event. Immediately after blacking out, he tripped over his own feet and fell head-long into the landing pit, where he marked his personal best distance of 1' 3". Brett was immediately rushed to the hospital and he awoke hours later to learn that he had captured the Gold Medal. Through tears, he uttered, "I am a special," (Corky, "Life Goes On") while doctors wiped the drool from his chin. Still in recovery at Paradigm Rehabilitation Services in Naperville, IL, Brett is struggling to relearn life's most basic tasks.