72 stone steps leading to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One of the top tourist attractions in Philly. Why? ROCKY. Rocky Balboa, Patron Saint of Philly and underdogs around the world. Yeah well, as much as I love my Philly I have to admit we do have a bit of an "little man" complex. The New York
Stankees Yankees to the north, Obama to the south..."Yo Adrienne", can ya blame us? Our big mouths and 'tude are just a cover for our Napoleon complex. We don't want to be overlooked. We have Scrapple, Cheese steaks, Ben Franklin and Jerry Blavat dang it (if you don't know who Jerry Blavat is...consider yourself blessed). So when Rocky's workout culminated in running up these 72 steps he kinda carried all of us underdogs on his back with him. And he showed us what can be accomplished if you give it your best shot.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
When you get to the top, ya gotta hit the mark, turn around, do a few fist pumps while you jump up and down, and sing a few lines from "Gonna Fly Now"...trying to act too cool for school cause it would be REALLLLLY embarrassing to pass out ON top of the Rocky Steps. Because you KNOW someone will take a photo of that and put it on their blog...
In the short time I was at the steps I saw at least 20 groups of people re-enacting the scene which has become a cultural icon. Seriously, it IS a cultural icon even beyond the city limits of Philly. And if it's not, it SHOULD be...
"Hitchin' a Ride"
Local teams use the steps for training. Perhaps a good upper body work out to go along with those steps they just ran up and down? Just sayin'...
This is what ya get at the top. A commanding view of my city, down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Billy Penn sitting atop City Hall...
View from atop Rocky Steps
Yep, Rocky is a metaphor for overcoming odds. Philly always loves the "little guy" and embraces a hard work ethic. Yeah, we've also been known to embrace a good heckle too. But come on, ya just GOTTA love a good underdog.
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