A Viking statue is toppled in Philly, days before Minnesota arrive for NFL clash

It's probably a coincidence...
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Well this is pretty symbolic.

Just days before the Minnesota Vikings – and the handful of fans brave enough to set foot in the city – arrive in Philadelphia, a Viking statue in the city has been pulled down and deposited in the Schuylkill River.

The 7-foot tall bronze statue of explorer Thorfinn Karlsefni, which has stood in the Boathouse Row area for 98 years, was toppled by a group of 6-7 people, Philadelphia police believe.

While a motive hasn't been determined, the consensus seems to be the statue was taken down in advance of Leif Erikson Day on Oct. 9, when the statue has become the site of an annual white supremacist rally.

The statue has been the scene of clashes in recent years between white nationalists and anti-fascist groups, PhillyMag reports.

That said, we can't help but think this is an almighty coincidental thing to happen just five days before the Vikings and the Eagles go head-to-head in the NFL once again.

Here's hoping the police show a little more effort in investigating this vandalism than they did stopping Eagles fans from throwing bottles at Vikings fans ahead of the NFC Championship game.

Does anyone know if there's a statue of Rocky Balboa in Minnesota we can pull down in retaliation?

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