In a truly head-scratching moment, the Empire State Building was illuminated in green and white Sunday night after the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the handicapped San Francisco 49ers in the 2023 NFC Championship game, advancing to the Super Bowl.
Yes, THAT Empire State Building… with the move coming one week after the Eagles demolished the hometown New York Giants 38-7.
What’s more, the official Twitter account for the iconic landmark celebrated Philadelphia’s win over a team forced to play it’s fourth string QB due to injuries, tweeting: “Fly @Eagles Fly! We’re going Green and White in honor of the Eagles NFC Championship Victory.”
— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) January 29, 2023
Keep in mind that New York vs. Philadelphia has been called the greatest rivalry in NFL history — a rivalry that began in 1933.
It was enough to have some question if there was a lost bet at play here. Another theory could be that the nation is tired of the “greatness” of Kansas City Chiefs star QB Patrick Mahomes being shoved down their throats by sportscasters and this was an early alignment with the Eagles, who will face the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII — courtesy of NFL officiating, in the eyes of many.
The “treacherous, traitorous, and unforgivable” display proved to be too much for the New York City Department of Sanitation, according to the department’s official Twitter account:
For anyone who finds this as treacherous, traitorous, and unforgivable as we do – just pretend it’s green and white for #NewYorksStrongest. We take out the trash every day…and next year, that’ll include the Eagles. https://t.co/6vgfub5ZHw
— New York City Sanitation (@NYCSanitation) January 30, 2023
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:
It’s real. Eagles fan in Hoboken just sent me this pic.twitter.com/SOztHxQ7YL
— J Harp (@starpula) January 30, 2023
— Fat Kid Deals (@FatKidDeals) January 29, 2023
I need the Empire State Building to not be supporting the eagles this is insane.
— Laura (@LAM1086) January 29, 2023
If we go to the Super Bowl next year I’m doing that AND as a special treat I’m gonna paint the liberty bell blue
— Rico Sanchez Jr. (@RSJr) January 30, 2023
I had a Cowboys fan text me this morning to tell me he was rooting for the Eagles. I took it as confirmation we are in the end times.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) January 30, 2023
had to check, wtf pic.twitter.com/t5czSuNF7O
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) January 29, 2023
Every New Yorker seeing this pic.twitter.com/AjxyvBxGkx
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) January 30, 2023
Ok that’s well done. As a Jets fan I can appreciate this joke.
— PatrickJ (@RonaynePga) January 29, 2023
Are you also changing your name to The Keystone State Building?
— Tony Aiello (@AielloTV) January 30, 2023
New York City has annexed Philadelphia
— Mac Engel (@MacEngelProf) January 29, 2023
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Author: Tom Tillison
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