A fine tradition of any sports championship series is the friendly wagers between the mayors of the competing cities. And the NBA Finals match-up between the Lakers and Celtics is no different.
Except this time, there will be no friendly swap of regional foodstuffs. No clam chowder vs. Fatburger bets here.
(Sorry - no dice)
Adam Rose of the L.A. TIMES was rummaging through the garbage outside City Hall looking for an evening meal (recent paycuts have been pretty brutal at the Times - damn you, sports blogs!), when he came across a copy of a letter not-so-fresh off the desk of mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The letter was addressed to Boston mayor Thomas Menino, and it outlined Antonio’s proposal for a high-rolling wager between the two civic servants:
If the Celtics win, we’ll send you the best professional football team L.A. has to offer: the Arena League’s Los Angeles Avengers.
If the Lakers win, we get the Patriots.
I know what you might be thinking: “Villaraigosa must be nuts! Bostonians would make out like bandits in that deal! With an indoor arena team, the fans would not have to risk frostbite to see a mid-September game. And with the smaller field, our coaches wouldn’t even need cameras to steal opponents’ signals.”
I’m sure my constituents might not be happy with this deal, but I am so confident in the Lakers’ victory that I am willing to put it all on the line.
Oh, and to sweeten the pot, in the event of a Lakers victory you can keep the Patriots’ coach. We have a pretty good guy down the street who might be interested in the job - and who probably still has the gear.
OK, we’re willing to gamble that this whole proposal is probably just a good rib from Adam. However, it *is* written on official mayoral stationery - you can’t fake something like that.