BALTIMORE, MD. (January 11, 2013) – Today, strengthened by her faith in the Baltimore Ravens’ ability to defeat the Denver Broncos in Saturday’s divisional playoff game in Colorado, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake agreed to a friendly wager with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Mayor Hancock and Mayor Rawlings-Blake placed the wager during a phone call this afternoon.
“For five consecutive years, our Ravens have made the playoffs with an increasingly potent offense and historically dominant defense, led by All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis. I am excited to watch them win another game on the road to the Super Bowl,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “This is, of course, Ray Lewis’ final post-season as a Raven. He and his teammates are playing with a renewed sense of camaraderie and urgency, which the Denver Broncos will be unable to match.”
In accordance with the terms of the wager, the mayor of the losing team must send the other mayor food that is unique to their city. Mayor Rawlings-Blake agreed to send a platter of broiled crab cakes from J. W. Faidley Seafood in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market. Legendary New York Times food critic R.W. Apple once called Faidley’s crab cakes “the single best crab cake in Baltimore, if not the Western Hemisphere.” Additionally, the mayor will order Baltimore’s historic Washington Monument to be bathed in blue and orange light.
In accordance with the terms of the wager, the mayor of the losing team will send the other food that is unique to his or her city. In the spirit of the west, Mayor Hancock agreed to send a box of dry aged “cowboy cut” rib eye steaks from Lombardi Brothers Meats. Denver’s original “local” meat cutter, Lombardi Brothers has been servicing Colorado’s premiere hotels, resorts and restaurants since 1947 and is the exclusive supplier at Denver’s esteemed National Western Stock Show. Additionally, in the unlikely event the Broncos lose, the Mayor also agreed to perform the famous Ray Lewis pre-game dance.
“Denver is looking forward to an exciting game with the Ravens, and I expect an Orange Wave to come out on top at the end of the fourth quarter,” Mayor Hancock said. “Behind the high powered offense led by Peyton Manning and shut down defense led by Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller, the Broncos are playing at the top of their game. The road to the Super Bowl runs right through Denver, and I can’t think of a better city to host Ray Lewis’ last game of his acclaimed career.”
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