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Crisco out, new weapon in to stop pole-climbing Eagles fans

Police keeping their playbook a secret

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia police think they've found something better than Crisco to keep Eagles fans from climbing light poles if their team wins the Super Bowl on Sunday, but they are keeping their playbook secret.

A contingent of workers who jokingly called themselves the "Crisco Cops" applied shortening to light poles before the NFC championship game, but it failed to stop some fans after the Eagles victory.

Asked Tuesday whether police have found something slicker, Commissioner Richard Ross said, "We think so."

He promised that whatever police do, "it will be safe... but it will be effective." He said climbing poles this Sunday "will be far more difficult" than when they used a vegetable oil product, which weather can affect.

Ross said police are working to assure the safety of fans "as well as the people who they could fall down on."

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