LA Mayor Proposes Big Bet on Lakers-Celts Series

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.

Clam chowder Fatburger

(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.

Pete Carroll USC Patriots

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.

Well, if things continue for Kobe & Co. like they did in Game 1, Bostonians better get ready to stand with the Avengers! Better yet, bring back the New England Steamrollers!

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.

Or can you? Here, copy this and try it out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did - until you get sent to prison for fraud. Say hello to Mike for us.

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