Statue Wars: Have Flyers fans already struck in Pittsburgh?

Greg Wyshynski

As Philadelphia Flyers fans are still sponging off the last traces of that Sidney Crosby T-shirt from the city's Rocky Balboa statue, it appears as though a counterstrike may have been launched in the Steel City.

The Orange Crush, the Cheesesteak doppelganger of The Pensblog, was sent pictures of a Broad Street Bullies sweater draped over the Art Rooney statue located at Heinz Field. Hey, at least they made the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers a captain.

Are these recent pics, or more shoe-horning of old photos into this new fan tradition? We'll see if, in the eyes of Pittsburgh Penguins fans, this rises to the level of blasphemy some believe the Rocky defacing achieved. Meanwhile, does anyone else find it odd that Vitamin Water appears to be the unofficial corporate sponsor of hockey fan landmark vandalism?

UPDATE (3:57 p.m.): Lest we believe that hockey passion is limited to dueling statue humiliations, The 700 Level passes along a story about a Flyers fan who led a "Let's Go Flyers" chant ... at the end of the funeral Mass for his father, Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, a 12-year veteran of the Philadelphia police force who was tragically killed in the line of duty last week.