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- Fans celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win have been posting about the need to hide batteries.
- Duracell even got in on the action and released a cryptic video saying that “batteries hold a sacred place in the history of Philly fans.”
- It turns out Philly sports fans actually threw batteries onto a sports field in 1999.
- Since then, throwing batteries has become somewhat of an urban legend amongst diehard Philly fans.
The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII and fans are very excited.
Many took to social media to celebrate the win, but amid some of the more standard congratulatory posts were a number of tweets telling users in the area to hide their batteries.
Grease the polls, lock up the horses, hide the batteries and make sure Santa is far, far away… the Lombardi Trophy is heading to Philly… pic.twitter.com/zQSuyUmPOl
— Dave Rexrode (@DRexrode) February 5, 2018
So everyone’s talking about those greased poles, but we did remember to hide the batteries, right?
— Rachel Navarre (@RachelNavarre) February 5, 2018
Duracell even got in on the action and released a cryptic video on Twitter, saying that “batteries hold a sacred place in the history of Philly fans.”
They also congratulated the Eagles and added a line telling their batteries to “fly.”
Batteries hold a sacred place in the history of Philly fans. Congratulations, Philadelphia, and Fly, Duracell, Fly. pic.twitter.com/qkEcPbFj4N
— Duracell (@Duracell) February 5, 2018
The company’s tweet sent Philidelphia sports fans into a frenzy.
Putting the "battery" in "assault and battery"!
— Bread & Roselles ????↙️↙️↙️???????? (@alexroselle) February 5, 2018
Others users gave recommendations on the type of batteries to use.
Cute I guess but everyone in Philly knows to use 9 volt batteries instead of AA’s. https://t.co/pddx6rdTxn
— Tom Riley (@TARiley3) February 5, 2018
Some warned Philly sports fans will destroy the city with batteries.
HOMELESS PHILLY FANS ARE TRYING TO EXTINGUISH THE FLAMES OF THIER BURNING CITY WITH PUKE
EAGLES FANS HAVE ARMOR PIERCING BATTERIES TO DESTROY RIOT GEAR
THE ENTIRE CITY WILL BE A SMOLDERING CRATER
— Orson Welles (@OfficialOWG) February 5, 2018
Many people not from Philidelphia were left wondering what the connection is between batteries and Philly sports fans.
Turns out, Philly sports fan actually did throw batteries onto a sports field in 1999. Fans of the Phillies baseball team were upset when J.D. Drew, who was once drafted by the Phillies but refused to sign, played against the home team for the St. Louis Cardinals, which fans saw as a sign of betrayal.
The crowd proceeded to ridicule Drew with chants, and some even went as far as to throw batteries at him, which is something Phillies fans joke about doing.
Since then, throwing batteries has become somewhat of an urban legend amongst diehard Philly fans, a tradition of sorts.
Fans reassured concerned citizens after this year’s Super Bowl that batteries are not just thrown for fun, but serve a specific purpose. A user tweeted at Duracell, letting them know that their batteries are used exclusively to pelt players they “hate.”
Just so you know, Philly fans use Duracell batteries exclusively when we throw them at players we hate.
— chuck sweeney (@sweeneybuzzz) February 5, 2018
Still, some users said batteries were thrown at opposing fans after the games.
Yes, yes they do. I know of a couple Vikings fans in which your batteries were thrown at them by Philly fans. https://t.co/OXh8bGDsvb
— Luke Robertsdahl (@llrobertsdahl7) February 5, 2018
So far, no reports of injuries from battery throwing have been reported.
Hiding batteries isn’t the only way Philidelphia has prepared for Philly-fan madness.
The city of Philidelphia has tried to prevent overzealous sports fans from climbing on poles by greasing them with Crisco ahead of the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl.
But Phillies fans cannot be tamed. After the Eagles won the Championship games, fans still attempted to climb the greasy poles as a challenge.