Politicians' sports bets are usually predictable: one case of micro-brewed awfulness wagered against a locally-produced foodstuff that tastes of civic boosterism and sadness.
But some elected officials take sports wagering to the next level. A few weeks ago, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock made a bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, offering to perform the Ray Lewis dance if the Broncos lost to the Ravens in an NFL playoff game. Despite sustaining a right quadricep injury practicing the dance, Hancock finally made good on his wager this week.
In his honor, we're taking a look at recent Super Bowl bets made by politicians, and determining who might have A Little Problem.
* This year's entrant: The Maryland and California U.S. Senate delegations are staking "Faidley's crab cakes, Berger cookies and a cold bottle of Heavy Seas beer" versus "Dungeness crab, Napa Valley wine, San Francisco's finest sourdough bread and a selection of Northern California cheeses." Verdict: Excessive, but not indicative of a gambling problem.
* Super Bowl XVII: The game pitted the Washington Redskins against the Miami Dolphins, so Florida Gov. Bob Graham delivered 9,000 live bees to Virginia Gov. Charles Robb, who had wagered a Virginia pig named Josephine. Verdict: A little aggressive for politicians of the same party, but not that nuts.
* Super Bowl XLVI: Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered to give one Boston family a trip to New York with a complimentary two-night stay at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, plus airfare, meals, Broadway tickets and a tour of the Statue of Liberty, while Boston Mayor Tom Menino offered a New York family two nights in the Ritz-Carlton, box seats at a Bruins or Celtics game, dinner at Legal Seafoods, a VIP tour of the Sam Adams brewery and all the terrible driving they can handle. Verdict: The first step is to admit you have a problem, your honors.
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