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San Francisco's Mayor Ed Lee Makes Bet With Baltimore's

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, known for making friendly wagers, has placed yet another one on the table. This year, the mayor is 2-0, as he won his initial wagers, against both the cities of Green Bay and Atlanta.

Mayor Lee bet Green Bay’s Mayor James Schmitt, that if the 49ers won, Green Bay would sponsor special preview tours, of the Exploratorium Science Museum, to hundreds of San Francisco children. In addition, the Mayor would also receive Wisconsin’s cheese curds, chocolates, and wine from Captain’s Walk Winery in downtown Green Bay. Well, we all know the end result, as the San Francisco 49ers trounced the Green Bay Packers 45-31.

As if that wasn’t enough, Mayor Lee decided to double up his winnings, by placing yet another ante for the NFC Championship game, against Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed. If the 49ers won, Reed would order Atlanta City Hall to be lit up in red and gold, for a night, in addition to shipping a case of Georgia peaches to San Francisco. On the other hand, if the 49ers lost, San Francisco’s City Hall would be lit in red and white, with 25 pounds of Philz Coffee being shipped back east. Mr. Lee, once again prevailed, and now has the burden of looking up recipes for all those peaches he accumulated, saying:

I’m looking for recipes and dessert chefs to help me do peach cobblers and peach pie because I’ve got 25 pounds of peaches that come from Georgia.

However, the stakes are higher this time around, as Mr. Lee accepted a bet with Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The bet consists of the losing Mayor taking part in a day of service with local programs from AmeriCorps, a federal community service agency. In addition to community service, the two politicians have agreed to put hometown seafood on the table.

The losing Mayor will have to visit a local crab market while sporting the other team’s jersey, and crack open the local crustacean, either a Dungeness crab in San Francisco or a blue crab in Baltimore.

With the Super Bowl one day away, look for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, to finish the season going a perfect 3-0.


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