Voila_Capture913Oh my God, people are going to die.

For some ridiculous and ill-advised reason, the New Orleans Times-Picayune is trying to create a photo op with Saints fans running up the Art Museum steps tomorrow… and they’re telling people about it, in advance:

New Orleans Saints fans traveling to Philadelphia for Saturday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the Eagles are invited to join NOLA.com | Times-Picayune photographers Michael DeMocker and David Grunfeld for a chilly yet inspirational run up the famous “Rocky” steps.

Put on your black and gold best and meet them at the Rocky statue at the base of the stairway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th Street and Ben Franklin Parkway) at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 4) to race up the steps and cheer on the “underdog” Saints.

All Who Dats welcome. And, hey, can someone bring the “Rocky” theme music?

Need a little inspiration? Check out Rocky’s run on YouTube.

I give the Who Dat run a 10% chance of ever happening. Either it gets cancelled later today because the paper’s lawyers advised that this is very dangerous, you idiots!, or Eagles tailgaters kick things off a little early about five miles from the stadium on the Parkway by intimidating would-be runners with the scary guys who preach over loudspeakers on Market Street.

I’m not sure that Michael DeMocker, who wrote this, has any idea what a mistake it was to advertise that innocent Saints fans will be stomping all over Philly’s most sacred monument (unfortunately) on the day of an Eagles playoff game.

UPDATE: Told you. Steps defended, grammatically:


Now we wait for the grassroots effort.