By Michael Rand
In the big picture, there aren’t many things more lame than the traditional “bets” waged between cities during sporting events. Usually it’s mayors or governors who get involved, and usually it involves some sort of cliched item made famous by each particular area. That said, we are sometimes suckers for the collision of sports and politics — when Barack Obama homered off of Tim Pawlenty to win the 1979 NBA title, it was possibly our favorite memory — and thus this item passed along from The SideTrack from scagmajor passed muster and was deemed relevant enough to share with y’all:
The National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs commence this week, and the cities hosting the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions will be at the center of the action when the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild face off. Today, the two leaders planning the political conventions agreed to a friendly wager on the series.
Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) CEO Leah D. Daughtry and Republican National Convention President and CEO Maria Cino agreed to the stakes in a phone call earlier today. The losing city’s Convention team will send a “taste” of that city’s local delicacy for the winning city’s Convention staff to enjoy. If the Avalanche win, the Republican team will send the DNCC staff an assortment of walleye fish from the lakes of Minnesota. If the Wild win, the DNCC will send the Republican Convention staff a selection of delectable Colorado-raised beef steaks.
Personally, we think we should have shipped them a rainy, cold, [redacted] spring if the Wild wins, while agreeing to take 1,000 of their snow-covered Generation Y hippies if Colorado wins the series. But that’s just us.