For 10 years a statue of Rocky Balboa, the celluloid boxer, has stood outside the Spectrum, home of the Philadelphia Flyers and the 76ers. But the teams have moved to the nearby CoreStates Center, and some Philadelphians are worried that if the Rocky statue stays put, it will fade into obscurity, the way Rocky himself might have were it not for sequels and VCRs.
Some want the statue relocated near the Art Museum entrance, where Rocky raised his arms in triumph after running the steps. Others want the sculpture to be placed in the Italian Market, through which the Italian Stallion ran and waved to cheering fans. There is also a movement to deport the statue to Kensington, a Philadelphia neighborhood of narrow streets and row houses, where Rocky lived and trained. Then there's the suggestion from Aaron Freeman, a resident of the Pennsylvania state correctional institution at Rockview. "The Rocky statue would look great in my cell because I am the only one in this cell and have no one to talk to," Freeman wrote to The Philadelphia Daily News. An interesting suggestion, Aaron, but have you thought about this? Rocky, as depicted by Sly Stallone, was not a terrific conversationalist. The statue version is only slightly better.