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Sanders: All bets are off!

January 15, 2010 - 12:33 pm

This time last year, Jerry Sanders and his mayoral counterpart in Pittsburgh, Luke Ravenstahl, made a friendly wager over the outcome of the 2009 NFL playoff game between the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers. And we know how that turned out:

Yep, Sanders had to don Steelers regalia and chase penguin tail at SeaWorld before the cameras, and clearly he took the loss well — much better than, say, many Chargers fans following the gut-wrenching 35-24 defeat.

Well, there will be no such pol betting prior to Sunday’s playoff matchup at Qualcomm Stadium between the Bolts and New York Jets. Why, you ask? Is Sanders still suffering frostbite from last year’s chilly visit to Penguin Encounter? Sworn off gambling as a nod to the city’s ongoing financial morass? Nope, nothing so dramatic unfortunately.

Folks in the San Diego mayor’s office put the onus on the Big Apple’s own political honcho, Michael Bloomberg, as well as time constraints caused by shining up Sanders’s State of the City speech, which he delivered Wednesday.

“We talked to Bloomberg’s people on Monday, but with the State of the City and whatever it is that keeps NY’s mayor busy (I can’t even imagine!), we never had time to come up with an agreement,” mayoral spokeswoman Rachel Laing told CityBeat. (No word if Sanders tried to lay a bet on the mayor of East Rutherford, NJ, where the Jets actually play.)

Added Laing, ever the jokester: “Our offer of the statue of the soldier kissing the nurse (on the Embarcadero) for the Statue of Liberty was rejected out of hand.”

But should (sorry, when) the Chargers prevail Sunday, Laing offered this hint for the mayors of future opponent Indianapolis or Baltimore: “Next round.”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. PistolPete permalink
    January 18, 2010 - 3:11 pm 3:11 pm

    The Chargeless need to either move to Los Angeles where they belong or hang up their cleats. Fuck you Sandy Eggo!

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