Vikings fans, apparently, not only didn’t heed that advice. They took the slightly provocative step of gathering on the Philadelphia Art Museum steps – better known to many outsiders as the Rocky steps – to perform their “Skol clap” chant:
Vikings fans doing the "Skol" chant on the top of the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: pic.twitter.com/nXemI2gSGJ
— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) January 21, 2018
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 21, 2018
And they dressed the Rocky statue in a scarf and Vikings towel, which probably made them feel big and bad, almost like vandals:
This may not be received well by the locals pic.twitter.com/PfhOlZlbyz
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) January 21, 2018
In reality, the Rocky statue and art museum steps mean more to people outside Philadelphia than they do to Philly natives. They’re tourist attractions more than anything else. But the intent here, to agitate, is pretty clear.
Nonetheless, nothing should come of this. Good for Vikings fans, who clearly aren’t backing down from the supposed (overblown) threat that Eagles fans pose.
As long as they don’t dress up as police horses, they should be fine.