It is going to be a monumental moment for the Eagles and the KC fans in Arizona, where two gunslingers of the current generation will face each other in Super Bowl LVII. Ahead of the big night, fans from both sides got engaged in the pregame antics that involved Philly’s Rocky Balboa statue.
For those who don’t know, it is an ill-omened structure, bringing hard luck to all those who try to tamper with it. History happens to be the evidence of this very notion. This statue is located in front of Philadelphia’s museum of art.
Will the #Chiefs break the #Eagles Rocky curse?
The last 3 playoff teams to dress up Rocky against Philly (#49ers, #Giants and #Vikings) only scored 7 points each and lost. pic.twitter.com/TBVrvAA1ER
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 11, 2023
The 9-foot-tall sculpture often attracts fans from the opposing team to engage in pre-game dress-up. Generally, such antics are exercised to instigate Philly and its loyal followers. However, it backfires every time, and gradually teams find themselves in a losing position.
Maybe leave Rocky alone if you're playing the @Eagles pic.twitter.com/DXkEuljAXo
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 29, 2023
Soon this trend became a highlighting factor for franchises playing against the Eagles and came to be known as Philly’s Rocky statue curse. Whoever tried to drape their jerseys couldn’t score more than 7 points against the Eagles in a playoff matchup. Something that is worth mentioning at this point.
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Recently, the discussion around the Philly curse reignited after someone dressed this statue with a red jersey. It had “Let’s go Chiefs” written over it. In no time, this incident spread like Wildfire on social media fuelling the KC and Eagles banter, who blamed each other for draping the Rocky.
Inside job the only chief dumb enough to do that is in jail…. What they let him out?!
— Mickey Pitman (@MickeyPitman) February 11, 2023
You know that was not a chiefs fan.
— Dylan cooper (@dcoop1211) February 11, 2023
That was NOT a Chiefs fan!
— Chiefs Insider (@ChiefsInsider) February 11, 2023
Eagles fans are literally doing this themselves
— JJettas (@SweatyCuh) February 11, 2023
The person that put the jersey up there was an Eagles fan
— Sports_Card_Collector (@DB8119) February 11, 2023
I think an Eagles fan did that this time, and I’m an Eagles fan
— Chandler Enfinger (@ChandlerEnfing1) February 11, 2023
Eagles fans did the KC lmaooo
— Pops (@CadexIvey) February 11, 2023
Delete this bro, that wasnt a Chiefs fan. It was a Phily fan
— Oliv(SUPER BOWL BOUND) (@OlivA1m) February 11, 2023
It is yet to be seen whether the Chiefs are able to get past this situation because teams like the Niners, Patriots, Vikings, and Giants have been the victims of this curse.
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Do not poke Rocky. Leave the Rocky alone, were some of the comments that circulated across social media. In fact, it would be the most sensible thing for a KC fan at this point. Especially, ahead of a game with such huge stakes, there isn’t room for taking chances.
Will the Chiefs be the first team to break the Rocky Statue curse?
(via makersmarksman/TW) pic.twitter.com/07CASrmXTb
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 10, 2023
The Chiefs Tight-End Travis Kelce viewed in a similar manner catching the wind of this terrible Philly curse. “Chiefs, do not touch the f—ing Rocky memorial!” Travis Kelce said on his “New Heights” podcast, per ESPN. “Do not do that, and definitely don’t put a No. 87 on it!” he added.
Anyway, it is going to be a fun night. All eyes will be focused on the two quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts, trying their best to lift the coveted Lombardi Trophy.
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