Eagles fans have a weird tradition of throwing batteries at people when they win -- here's why

  • 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.

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.”

The company’s tweet sent Philidelphia sports fans into a frenzy.

Others users gave recommendations on the type of batteries to use.

Some warned Philly sports fans will destroy the city with batteries.

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.”

Still, some users said batteries were thrown at opposing fans after the games.

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.

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