Mayor Bloomberg And Mayor Menino Announce Friendly Wager On Super Bowl

January 29, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg Also Encourages New Yorkers to "Paint the Town Blue" Thursday and Friday; Starting Thursday Night, Empire State Building Will Be Lit Blue

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today placed a friendly wager on the outcome of Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. The game will take place Sunday evening at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Mayor Bloomberg also named Thursday and Friday "Paint the Town Blue" days in New York City. The Mayor is encouraging non-uniformed City employees and New Yorkers across the five boroughs to show their support for the Giants by dressing in blue, white and red, or by sporting Giants paraphernalia.

If the Giants win, Mayor Menino will send 100 cups of New England Clam Chowder from Legal Sea Foods; 42 pounds of coffee from Dunkin' Donuts (in honor of Super Bowl XLII); 12 dozen Boston Cream Pies and 12 Dozen Parker House Rolls (in honor of Tom Brady's #12) from Boston's Omni Parker House Hotel; 100 Old Tyme hot dogs and 100 Alfresco chicken sausages from Kayem; 20 pizzas from Sal's; 5 cases of Brigham's Boston You're My Home Ice Cream; 5 cases of Cherry on the Top Frozen Yogurt Bars from Elan; and 100 servings of Stonyfield Farm Organic Yogurt.

If the Patriots win, Mayor Bloomberg will send 42 pastrami and corned beef sandwiches from Carnegie Deli; 42 "Big Blue Cheese Eli Mann-Eater Burgers" from Gallagher's Steak House; one case of beef cocktail patties and one case of chicken cocktail patties from Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill in the Bronx; a selection of five pizzas from Goodfella's Pizzeria on Staten Island; 42 pounds of rugelach, 42 pounds of assorted layer cakes and 42 black and white cookies from Junior's; one 2.5 gallon tub of lemon ice and one 2.5 gallon tub of ice of the flavor of Boston's choice from the Lemon Ice King of Corona; 100 servings of Manhattan clam chowder and one bushel of Blue Point Oysters from the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant; and 20 pounds of "Super Steak" from Peter Luger Restaurant and six bottles of Peter Luger steak sauce.

Additionally, Modell's Sporting Goods and Wilson Sporting Goods will donate a quantity of 2,008 footballs for youth sports programs in the city that wins the bet. Food will be donated to charity in the winning city.

"The Giants may be Super Bowl underdogs, but I am very confident that Eli Manning and Big Blue will prevail in Arizona and that Mayor Menino and Boston won't have the pleasure of enjoying some of the five boroughs' finest cuisine," said Mayor Bloomberg. "To give the G-Men as much support as we can as they prepare for the big game, I am encouraging New Yorkers to 'Paint the Town Blue' and wear Giants gear to work at the end of the week."

"The New England Patriots are just one win away from a Super Bowl Championship and a perfect season," said Mayor Menino. "The Patriots are on their way to becoming a sports dynasty and all of Boston is looking forward to welcoming home another team of champions." 

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