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January 21, 2018

Game day in Philly: Underdog priests and street poles with grease

A look at all the weird stuff happening as Philly awaits the big game.

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Deacon Anthony DiIenno of Saint Rose of Lima Rectory.

Gameday is upon us, and though there’s still a few hours until the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game, people all around the city -- from Midwesterners to the clergy -- are getting amped.

This morning more than one man of the cloth dedicated at least part of his sermon to the game in hopes that God will deliver an Eagles victory. 

At St. Charles Borromeo in Bensalem, Reverend Eugene Wilson drew comparisons between the Bible's underdogs (Jesus, John the Baptist, etc). and the Eagles. He also hung an Eagles scarf on the pulpit.

Another religious leader, this time Deacon Anthony J. DiIenno from St. Rose of Lima Eddystone, even donned an underdog mask during his sermon. 

"Only in Philadelphia is this not a weird scene in church," wrote Kevin Acker in the original Tweet. The image has since been shared more an 3,400 times.

On the secular side, officials are gearing up for fans to scale sidewalk poles in either elation or anger, so police are greasing poles with Crisco for added safety.

More than a few misguided midwesterners who don’t know anything about Philadelphia’s history of aggressive sports fan behavior also decided to visit this weekend for the game, which is fine… until they made matters a little too personal: they dressed the Rocky statue in Vikings gear and began chanting at the Art Museum.


BUT ANYWAY. Others have been quick to point out that the crowd wasn’t quite as big as the footage makes it seem.

We'll be on the lookout for any other odd happenings in Philly this game day, so be sure to send any findings our way.