One of my favorite things is the bets that the political reps of the cities/states whose teams are in the playoffs make. Many of them involve wine, which then makes me even happier. This year, however, I’m very disappointed.
Here’s the bet between the Panthers (via North Carolina’s Congressman Richard Hudson) and the 49ers (via House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi): If the 49ers win, Hudson will give Pelosi Bojangles chicken, Lance crackers, and Cheerwine. If the Panthers win, Pelosi will give Hudson San Francisco sourdough bread from Boudin Bakery and chocolate from Ghirardelli and TCHO.
The mayors of the two cities didn’t include wine in their bet either: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Mayor Patrick Cannon from Charlotte, N.C., agreed to wear the colors from the winning team during mentoring activities with youth at the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 22-24 (very nice). The food portion of the bet involved either BBQ pulled pork from Charlotte or Boudin sourdough and Ghirardelli chocolate from San Francisco. Still no wine! San Francisco, this is why I’m not rooting for you (I wasn’t rooting for you anyway so no biggie haha).
As for Broncos vs Chargers, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock bet Mile High City’s best green chili if the Chargers win. And if the Broncos win, San Diego’s interim mayor Todd Gloria will deliver burritos from Ortiz’s Taco Shop, carne asada fries from Lolita’s Taco Shop, and deep-fried catfish tacos from Mama Testa Taqueria. No wine, but holy YUM.
And Saints vs Seahawks? New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will send king cake and seafood to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who’ll send Top Pot donuts and Pike Place Market salmon. However, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is betting charbroiled oysters and Abita Amber beer, and WA Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray bet Pike Place Pale Ale and oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms. “Our seafood and craft brewing industries are second-to-none,” Cantwell said. Um, you also make good wine in Washington state – oh, the dis!
I can’t find anything about bets between Indy and Boston. (Last week, Kansas City sent BBQ after they lost to Indy, whose Mayor Ballard said he would’ve sent St. Elmo’s World Famous Shrimp Cocktail and a dozen Flying Cupcake signature Red Velvet Elvis cupcakes.) Let me know if you hear anything.
Future playoff bets better get grapey, because these were a big fail.