Philadelphia’s cutting back on the fat.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the city will not be using Crisco to prevent hard-partying Eagles fans from climbing street posts on Super Sunday.
Two weeks ago, prior to the NFC Championship game, Philly’s “Crisco Cops” slathered cooking grease on telephone poles and street lights to prevent fans from climbing them. During post-game celebrations, some still managed to scale the poles, with crowds chanting “F–k that grease!” in another proud chapter in Philly fan lore.
Philadelphia cops will turn to something stronger this weekend for crowds they expect to be three times bigger than the ones they faced after the Vikings game — but they aren’t saying what.
Crisco didn’t quite do the trick for the NFC Championship game, but Philadelphia police are not giving into pole-climbing fans.
“I just don’t want to tell you how they’re changing, but I will tell you that there will be some small variations to what we did last,” Ross said this week.
“Rest assured, whatever we do, it will be safe to anybody, any animal, any child, anything, but it will be effective,” he said. “I can’t tell you that there won’t still be attempts, but I just would suspect that some of them will be far more difficult than they were with the Crisco attempts.”
An estimated 12,000 fans filled the Mayfair section of the city after the Eagles won two weeks ago to advance to the Super Bowl. Despite pockets of wild behavior, police arrested only six people before and after the game, three of which were for selling fake tickets.
Eagles fans trying to climb poles on Sunday will be faced with a new challenge.
“We would anticipate those crowds to be significantly larger than they were, because we’ve never won a Super Bowl,” Ross said. “But we’re going to change that on Sunday.”
When the Phillies won 10 years ago, 76 people were arrested in the wild celebrations that followed. With the Eagles on the brink of a long-awaited championship, officials are expecting a celebration, and then a parade, for the ages.
“We will be ready,” Ross said. “We will be out there with a sizable contingent of officers that will be seen by most and we will make every effort to know that we are about business, but we are also the business of allowing people to celebrate as long as it’s done peacefully.”
And apparently with a little less grease.