Sylvester Stallone takes one for the team, refuses to go back to Lincoln Financial Field
For anyone who has been down to an Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field, you know they play the Rocky theme song before kickoff. Sylvester Stallone and Rocky have always been a staple in the city of Philadelphia. We all know that opposing fans think it’s funny or cool to go to the Art Museums steps before their team plays against the birds in South Philadelphia to dress up Rocky in their team’s uniforms. Like clockwork, Philadelphia fans find offensive to that and use it as motivation for the Eagles come game time. That’s all perfectly fine with me. The Vikings did that and got completely embarrassed int he NFC Championship Game so I’m immune to being upset about dumb things like that.
Anyways, Sylvester Stallone caught up with NBC Sports Philadelphia and John Clark at the directors cut for Rocky IV on Thursday night in Philadelphia. Clark asked him about returning to Lincoln Financial Field to attend another Eagles game. Stallone declined to do so.
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The first regular season game at Lincoln Financial Field was on September 8, 2003. The Eagles played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. It was the Inaugural Game and the Buccaneers defeated the Eagles 17-0 in their new stadium. Donovan McNabb went 19-for-36 for 148 yards and an interception. James Thrash was the leading wide receiver with 46 yards, and Duce Staley only had seven carries for 14 yards.
Stallone said that after attending that game, he would not go back to Lincoln Financial Field. He did’t want to turn into a jinx against the Eagles where “anytime Rocky is in attendance we lose.” Honestly, this is a smart move from Stallone. You have seen so many sports jinxes in the past and completely avoiding the Eagles and keeping the Rocky brand strong in Philadelphia, away from the pain and misery of being a Philadelphia Eagles fan is one hell of a business decision. Let the Eagles play the song. Let other teams think they are creative by messing with the statue. Let the brand live on without getting involved in any jinxes and superstitions.
Sylvester did say that he used to be a huge fan of the Eagles back in the day and continues to follow them. He left the quick interview with a message to the Eagles before they take the field tomorrow in Denver against the Broncos.
“It’s all flesh and bone. It’s just who wants it more.”
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