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Super Bowl 2014: Seattle, Denver mayors place friendly wager on the big game

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With the Super Bowl only a few days away, the mayors of Denver and Seattle have placed a customary wager on the big game. Denver’s Michael B. Hancock and Seattle’s Ed Murray have put their city’s finest food and swag on the line as the nation gears up for the Super Bowl matchup between the Broncos and Seahawks.

If the Denver Broncos win, Murray will send Seattle’s finest salmon and Dungeness crab to the Mile High City. Mayor Murray has also put up a custom road bike from Rodriguez Bicycles and a blown glass work of art from Seattle’s Dale Chihuly as part of the wager. If the Seattle Seahawks win, Hancock will send some of his favorite green chili from six Denver area restaurants, much like he offered in his bet with Boston’s mayor, to mayor Murray’s office. Mayor Hancock has also wagered a pair of handmade Icelantic skis as part of the bet.

As an added clause, Hancock has agreed to wear an outfit inspired by Seattle rapper Macklemore’s music video “Thrift Shop” while auctioning items to benefit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance upon a Seahawks Super Bowl Victory. Similarly, Murray has agreed to wear Broncos pajamas if the Broncos win the big game on PJ Day to raise funds for Denver’s Road Home, a charity that combats homelessness.

“All of Denver will be watching the Super Bowl this year, as it is certain to be one for the books,” said Hancock. “The Seahawks and their top-ranked defense will face our Broncos – the greatest, most high-powered offense to ever take the field. Given that matchup, I’m fairly confident that what I’m putting on the line isn’t going anywhere.”

The mayors of Denver and Seattle aren’t making the only non-monetary bets between the two cities. The offices for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, will have the office of the losing city sing in an embarrassing YouTube video wearing the winning team’s colors. The Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum have agreed to a wager involving a loan of one of their valuable artifacts to the winning team’s museum for three months.

More bets are placed on the Super Bowl than any other sporting event in America. In the last Super Bowl, approximately $99 million worth of legal bets were placed in Nevada. As the best offense is set to take on the best defense, the stakes are likely to be higher this year. The Denver Broncos are currently 2.5 point favorites over the Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII.


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