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Here are details of the Chicago-L.A. mayoral wager on ‘Hawks-Kings

Jun 3, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT


Prior to the Blackhawks taking a 2-0 series lead on the Kings in the Western Conference finals, the mayor of each respective city — Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel, Los Angeles’ Antonio Villaraigosa — made a friendly wager on which team would advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

The winner will celebrate by consuming approximately 302,432 calories.

Emmanuel offered up the following:

— 25 Italian beef sandwiches from Al’s Italian Beef
— 3 Cases of Goose Island’s 312 Lager beer
— One case of Robinson’s Ribs Barbecue Sauce, containing the flavors Original, Brown Sugar and Hot.
— 25 Slices of Eli’s Cheesecake: a “hat trick” of Original, Strawberry, and Chocolate Chip flavors.
— One copy of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, for you to read in your forthcoming retirement.

Villaraigosa countered with this:

— 9 #19 Pastrami Sandwiches from Langer’s Deli
— 9 French Dip Sandwiches from Phillipe the Original
(“For the sandwiches, one case of Morehouse Mustard, the official mustard of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Speaking of baseball, when was the last time the Cubs were in the World Series?”)
— One case of beer each from our very own Golden Road and Eagle Rock Breweries.
— 3 Hollenbeck Burritos from El Tepeyac Cafe, weighing in at five pounds each.
— 12 bottles of Sriracha Chili Suace
— And to ensure that you maintain your newfound inner peace, one copy of YogaWorks for Everybody DVD.

Speaking of mayoral bets, remember when Toronto’s Rob Ford tried to get a wager going with Boston mayor Thomas Menino in the first round?

If you thought that was setup for the obvious joke well, you’re wrong.

It was a setup for the Rob Ford football GIF!

  1. micklethepickle - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    I love it when mayors do stuff like this. I understand why Mumbles Menino didn’t during the TOR/BOS series (he had some other things going on) but I think it’s a campy way of showing some civic pride.

  2. dadawg77 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    If you didn’t read the letters, Rahms PR person rift of the Declaration of Independence (anti-king theme) was much better then the PR persons from LA letter of shots.

  3. esracerx46 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I’m pretty sure those sandwiches are going to be soggy and stale by the time they get to the recipient, whomever that may be

  4. blomfeld - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    I forgot about that …

    Great article by Halford, as I’d almost forgotten about Rahm Emanuel. Holy smokes, you wanna talk about some ‘slick, cunning & evil’ operator then Rahm’s your man! Obama was very wise to remove him the way he did. Anyway, it actually makes sense that this creep is now the mayor of Chicago, rooting for the Blackhawks (7th Cavalry) and promoting obesity. I just hope a bunch of ‘starving’ piranhas can have a go at this guy the next time he takes a dip in Lake Michigan !

    PS King’s fans: gotta level with you guys … I’m ‘seriously’ nervous man … I don’t like what happened on the weekend and I’m now concerned for Quickie … we got beaten ‘soundly’ throughout and for some reason we’re just not clicking on offense? … but hopefully we’ll turn it around in game 3 and put things right, eh? … I mean really, wouldn’t it be nice to see all these ‘big-talking, loud-mouthed, blowhard’ Hawk’s fans have their traps shut tight … you guys surely remember how they were all laughing at us last year, even after we won the Cup ? … and then they had the nerve to continue with their laughter this year ? … anyway, I’m not a religious person as such … yet I’m convinced that our cause is being driven by a certain element of providence and that victory will again ultimately be ours ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Long-winded country bear??? Is that you hiding under a new name???
      Though I’m not proud to have Emanuel running Chicago and “Crook County”, it beats watching my city turn into Little Mexico like LA is doing right before your eyes. Blomfeld, do your country a favor, make something of yourself and run down to the border and close it for us!
      Hawks in 5, if you’re lucky….

  5. aldog83 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Cmon Chicago!

    At least throw in one of your finest…DEEP DISH “ZAAA”!!!!!

    What is the best deep dish Pizza in CHI TOWN????

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Gotta go with Pizzeria Uno!!!
      …..although Lou’s is a very close second…..& I love that they ship frozen “pies” anywhere. Every time we have Lou’s or Uno’s, I turn a few more local Michigan folks into diehard Chicago pizza fans

      • hammerhead5573 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        Giordano’s my friend is the greatest pizza in the world. I grew up in Chicago but unfortunately live in New York now. Every time I am back in Chicago I never miss Giordano’s. Crap, now I’m hungry

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        I live in pizza hell now. Thanks for making me hungry.

  6. ibieiniid - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:14 PM


  7. filthymcnasty1smom - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Best pizza in Chicago is Lou Malnati’s deep dish hands down. Although I have to say there are lot of great pizza places in Chicago for deep dish and thin crust. BTW, Lou’s ships frozen pizzas in dry ice anywhere in the US overnight!

  8. pudgalvin - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Oh man, I hadn’t seen that gif yet. I’m sitting here laughing at my desk like an idiot. Brilliant stuff.

  9. mrpinkca - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    Sorry, but in no way is Sriracha an LA thing. The rooster kind is made near Sacramento, not LA. Maybe he got the two Kings teams confused, lord knows it wouldn’t be the first time.

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