When giant metropoli face either other in sporting events, a bet between each city's mayor often comes with the territory. Such is the case of this year's NFC Championship between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.
Mayor Ed Lee and New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed to the terms of a little 'friendly wager' on this weekends NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants, including culinary wagers as well as physical ones.
If the 49ers win, Bloomberg has to rename 49th Street in Manhattan as "49ers Street," as well as send a dozen New York bagels from Bagel Oasis in Queens to the city by the Bay.
If the Giants win, Lee will have to dress a Cable Car in New York Giants flags for a day along on the Powell Street route, along with a batch of Boudin sourdough bread to New York City.
Mayor Lee was proud and confident of his Niners chances this weekend:
"49ers fever is sweeping our City and the entire Bay Area region, and we are so proud of our hometown team," said Mayor Lee. "So while I'm excited to make this bet with Mayor Bloomberg, we have no intention of losing. We're going all the way to the Super Bowl. The Giants will have to leave their hearts and their Super Bowl hopes in San Francisco. Go Niners!"
Mayor Bloomberg of course had to retort:
"Just like Hakeem Nicks ran right past the Packers' secondary, the Giants are going to breeze by the 49ers on their way to the Super Bowl," said Mayor Bloomberg. "After Sunday, Niners fans will be left with a taste as sour as their famous bread and the Giants will have their sights set on another trophy."
Seems like a fair bet either way, though I'd love to see 49ers street in the Big Apple.