Builders Race to Save NFL's Eagles From Billy Penn Jinx
If Eagles are to stay in 1st place, Philadelphia's founder must be appeased
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 2, 2017 6:25 PM CST
A statue of William Penn atop City Hall is seen near a partial eclipse in Philadelphia, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Superstitious construction workers have placed a small statue of Philadelphia's founder atop the city's newest skyscraper in an effort to save the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles from a fabled jinx, the AP reports. According to Philly.com, the William Penn figurine was affixed to the Comcast tower's highest beam Monday after builders decided waiting for a topping-off ceremony was too risky.

Believers in the Curse of Billy Penn say it doomed the city's sports teams for decades after the city's first skyscraper broke tradition and rose higher than the William Penn statue topping City Hall. In 2007, the situation was rectified with a statuette placed atop a taller skyscraper. The next year, the Phillies won the World Series. When construction of the new 1,121-foot-tall tower broke the height record, workers were eager to restore Penn to his rightful perch.


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