Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino made a pregame bet with Charlotte mayor Patrick McCrory. Menino put up "38 pounds of Dunkin' Donuts coffee and three dozen Boston Kreme doughnuts, a Legal Sea Foods clambake for four, and a trip to Boston."
Mayor McCrory countered with "a weekend at the Charlotte Westin - Center City; a Bojangles' 12-Piece Super Tailgate Special — replete with 12 pieces of Cajun-spiced chicken, six buttermilk biscuits, three large fixin's (side dishes) and a half-gallon of tea — 12 dozen original Krispy Kreme doughnuts and 12 cups of coffee."
Philadelphia mayor John F. Street and Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino bet Philadelphia music against Boston food. Mayor Street offered a collection of songs from the legendary Philadelphia Sound.
Mayor Menino countered with a Legal Sea Foods lobster clambake supreme. The clambake included "a fresh, live Legal lobster, nine littleneck clams, one pint of New England clam chowder, one-half pound of linguica sausage, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes, and one Legal Sea Foods lobster pot, including cooking instructions and a claw-cracker kit."
Seattle mayor Greg Nickels and Pittsburgh mayor Bob O’Connor placed a large bet in anticipation of Super Bowl XL. Nickels had to send O’Connor some Starbucks coffee, Larry’s Smokehouse salmon, Pike Place beer, Pagliacci pizza, Dilettante chocolates, dinner for two at the Space Needle, and two bottles of Washington wine.
O’Connor’s "'Taste of Pittsburgh' tailgate smorgasbord [would have included] Bloomfield Bridge Tavern pierogis and kielbasa, Nicholas Coffee and Tea Company coffee, Heinz ketchup and fries, Iron City beer from the Pittsburgh Brewing Company, and a Primanti Brothers famous Pittsburgh sandwich (which stacks grilled meat, coleslaw, tomatoes, a fried egg and french fries between two slabs of Italian bread)."
Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson and Chicago mayor Richard Daley made a pretty substantial bet in advance of Super Bowl XLI. Peterson’s wager included spreads from 13 restaurants, tickets to an Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance featuring Neil Sedaka, and tickets to three races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After the Bears lost, Daley had to send Peterson some deep-dish pizza, beer, a whole pig, and, though not delicious but certainly awesome, an electric guitar signed by Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy.
In the only Super Bowl of the past decade that didn't include food (what on Earth were they thinking?!) Glendale mayor Elaine Scruggs and Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl bet trees. If the Arizona Cardinals had defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII, Ravenstahl would have had to plant a cactus outside of the Steelers’ Heinz Field, the novelty of which would remind Steelers fans of the tragic loss for perpetuity. As the Steelers took home the crown, Scruggs had to plant a traditional Pennsylvania tree such as a red oak or dogwood.
Here’s what they should have bet: Ravenstahl should have put up veal parmigiana from Big Jim’s, a few cases of Iron City beer, and roast beef from Nadine’s. Scruggs should have had to send Ravenstahl a spread from Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles, sour pot roast from Haus Murphy’s, and a case of Fretzy’s Unfiltered Ale from The Phoenix Ale Brewery. Come on now, trees?
The mayors of the city’s teams that are facing off again in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 had one of the best food bets of all time. As reported by the NY Times City Room Blog, the Giants’ upset of the Patriots forced Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino to pony up "100 cups of New England clam chowder from Legal Sea Foods, 42 pounds of coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts, 12 dozen Boston cream pies and 12 dozen Parker House rolls from the Omni Parker House Hotel, 100 Old Tyme hot dogs and 100 Alfresco chicken sausages from Kayem, 20 pizzas from Sal’s, five cases of Brigham’s Boston You’re My Home ice cream and five cases of Elan ‘cherry on the top’ frozen yogurt bars, and 100 servings of Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt." What a feast! Hopefully, Mayor Bloomberg had at least one or two people to share it with.
A Patriots victory would have caused New York mayor Bloomberg to send over "42 pastrami and corned beef sandwiches from the Carnegie Deli, 42 Big Blue Cheese Eli Mann-Eater Burgers from Gallagher’s Steak House, one case of beef cocktail patties and one case of chicken cocktail patties from Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill in the Bronx, a selection of five pizzas from Goodfella’s Pizzeria on Staten Island, 42 pounds of rugelach, 42 pounds of assorted layer cakes and 42 black-and-white cookies from Junior’s, one 2½-gallon tub of lemon ice and one 2½-gallon tub of ice of the flavor of Boston’s choice from the Lemon Ice King of Corona in Queens, 100 servings of Manhattan clam chowder and one bushel of Blue Point Oysters from the Grand Central Oyster Bar, and 20 pounds of ‘Super Steak’ from Peter Luger’s Restaurant and six bottles of Luger’s steak sauce."
After the Packers beat the Steelers, Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl had to shovel the walkways of St. Rosalia — the church of Pittsburgh-born Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s parents, fly the Green Bay city flag over Pittsburgh for a day, and donate food to a Green Bay-area food bank.
If Pittsburgh had won, Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt would have had to wear Steelers gear, shovel the walkway of a Steelers Fan residing in Green Bay, fly Pittsburgh’s city flag at Green Bay City Hall for a day, and send a package of Green Bay delicacies — perhaps some cheese curds and sausages — to Ravenstahl.
New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and Boston’s Mayor Menino (who both keep popping up) announced the details of their bet for the Super Bowl, coming up this Sunday in Indianapolis. According to the NY Post, if the Giants win the game, then a lucky New York City family will win a tour of Boston, including "four tickets on JetBlue, a two-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton, dinner for four at Legal Harborside, dinner for four at the Top of the Hub restaurant, four tickets to a performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center, four box seats at a Bruins or Celtics game at the TD Garden, a behind-the-scenes-tour of the newly expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, a Duck Tour ride, a VIP tour of the personal diaries of John Adams (which inspired the HBO series) at the Boston Public Library, a VIP tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain, and a photo with Menino."
If the Patriots win, then an equally lucky Boston family will receive "four tickets on the Delta Shuttle, a two-night stay at the Grand Hyatt, dinner for four at the newly reopened Russian Tea Room, lunch or dinner for four at B. Smith’s restaurant, four club seats at a Rangers or Knicks game, four tickets to the Phantom of the Opera, a ride with the captain on Statue Cruises to Liberty and Ellis Islands with a VIP tour of the Statue of Liberty crown and museum, including lunch, a VIP tour of the new American wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a VIP tour of the Brooklyn Brewery, and a photo with Bloomberg."
Tampa mayor Dick Greco wagered "the best Tampa has to offer a weekend at the Marriott Waterside, dinners at Bern's Steak House and The Columbia Restaurant, a trip to Busch Gardens, a humidor filled with cigars, Cuban coffee, [and] a jar of homemade guava jelly."
Because he lost the bet, Oakland mayor Jerry Brown had to send Greco "a pound of Peet's coffee, a tray of gingerbread cookies from T.J.'s Gingerbread House, and a gallon of Dreyer's ice cream."