Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Phillies Fans, Congratulations. Now Go Climb A Lightpole.

Thanks to SoSG reader Keven C for pointing out this article from this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer, indicating that Phildelphia has another creative use for all that petroleum jelly the city stockpiles:

City workers have greased poles along South Broad Street in an effort to deter revellers from climbing them during any wild celebrations that might follow a possible Phillies victory tonight.

Street lights, signs, bus shelters and even trees have been coated by a yellowish goo that bears a resemblance to petroleum jelly. [...]

Hoping to prevent the damage and looting that followed last year's World Series victory, police are expected to be out in force tonight if the Phillies clinch the National League title.

Philadelphia Lt. Frank Vanore said the police department will take a number of precautions to guard against overzealous fans.

"We're trying to prevent people from getting too crazy and climbing up there," said Vanore. "We're trying our best to prevent some of what happened during the celebrations last year [link my edit]."

Let's just hope the Philadelphia Fire Department doesn't get involved, too. Have a great time out there tonight!

photo: April Saul, Philadelphia Inquirer

12 comments:

Orel said...

How will they get the grease off?

Steve Sax said...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is next weekend. I'm sure they'll think of something.

Todd said...

In 1994 I was a freshman at Nebraska and the before the Colorado game, there was a very ritualistic pregame goal post greasing to make it known that the goal posts would be staying put.

It took a lot of fans willing to sacrifice their clothes but the goal posts eventually came down.

Oh for a good time like that tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I expect greased up, naked, fat Philly fans running through the streets drunk off their own sense of entitlement and Budweiser.

Dusty Baker said...

Isn't the average Philly fan already greasy, fat, and out of shape enough that they can't make it up a light pole?

[Sorry for that burst; it's in my nature.]

rbnlaw said...

@MLASF,
Watch what you say about my beloved Budweiser.

Sorry I wasn't around the GT tonight. I blame me for the tragic loss. Or my lack of lucky underwear.

rbnlaw said...

Also @MLASF,
Why'd you go and change the Adam Morrison avi. That made me smile. That and watching him cry in the Regional Finals.

Steve Sax said...

rbnlaw, read earlier in the PGT. I'm right with you on Adam Morrison (as well as Gus Johnson's famous "Batista with the caaaaaaattttcccchh!" call).

I love hearing Gus make that call.

fanerman said...

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

And with that said, I hope the Phillies get KILLED in the World Series. Go AL!! Kick their asses! THE PHILLIES THE.

Delino DeShields said...

They should grease all parked cars too so they don't get overturned.

rbnlaw said...

Thanks Sax for another reason to smile based on Gonzaga's misery. I guess I've had much to be happy about with the teams I follow (except UCLA football; there will never be much to be happy about with that team).

Josh S. said...

Deadspin: "Phillies win 16-team "Who Gets to Lose to the Yankees" Tournament".

I LOLed.