The Philadelphia Eagles took to Lincoln Financial Field this past Sunday to battle the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC Championship. Although Eagles fans are notoriously passionate, the stakes around this particular game were at their peak considering the winner goes on to compete in Super Bowl LII. As with any major event, the City of Philadelphia prepared for all possible outcomes, although social media took exception to one specific practice:
Greasing poles for large crowd events in Philadelphia is nothing new, primarily because – much like in other cities – overzealous fans like to celebrate, sometimes by climbing streetlight and traffic signal poles. Police did, in fact, grease poles in anticipation of the 2008 World Series, which the Phillies ultimately won. However, what separates 2008 and 2018 is that this time it’s gone viral.
This, of course, didn’t phase the Philadelphia Police Department. Not to be upstaged at their own show, the PPD social media team issued a statement in response to the Crisco cops buzz, complete with a warning about the perils of climbing a greasy pole:
Their response quickly went viral as well, collecting over 16,000 (last time we checked) likes and re-tweets on Twitter alone!
While the greasy poles may not have completely deterred everyone from attempting to reach the top (some people can’t resist a challenge!), the post-game frenzy was remarkably less destructive – and with fewer arrests – than anticipated. The Birds take on the Patriots in two weeks, and even though the game will not be held in Philadelphia, there will undoubtedly be plenty of Crisco on standby.