Thanks to an amazing run of Pennsylvania sports success, Governor Rendell has been able to make several goofy bets with elected officials from other states in the past two years.
(Though, as my friend Jimmy Vielkind pointed out in the New York Observer last fall, Rendell chickened out on a bet with David Paterson that would have involved skirt wearing.)
He’s lined another one up for the Stanley Cup finals. If the Flyers win, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has to show up in Philadelphia wearing a Flyers sweater. Rendell would do the same in Chicago, if the Blackhawks win their first cup in fifty years. The loser also has to do some community service in a food bank.
Here’s the release:
Harrisburg – Residents of a homeless shelter in either Philadelphia or Chicago will sample signature food items from the other city, through a friendly wager between Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on the National Hockey League (NHL) championship. A food bank in the victorious city will also receive free labor from the losing governor.
The Philadelphia Flyers visit the Chicago Blackhawks for the first game of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series on Saturday. The championship will move to Philadelphia for Game 3 next Wednesday.
Governors Rendell and Quinn have agreed that the losing chief executive will visit the NHL championship city and don the sweater of the winning team. While there, he will visit a homeless shelter and distribute a culinary classic from his hometown. If the Blackhawks win, Governor Rendell will hand out Philadelphia cheese steaks in the Windy City. If the Flyers prevail, Quinn will bring Chicago-style pizza to a shelter in the City of Brotherly Love.
Still wearing the winning opposition team’s colors, the governor will proceed to a food bank and spending several hours working there.
“I’m sure Governor Quinn will look great wearing an orange and black sweater, and I know folks at one of our homeless shelters will enjoy dining on pizza the way only Chicagoans know how to make it,” Governor Rendell said. “I am confident the Flyers can keep the Stanley Cup in Pennsylvania for the second straight year. But no matter which team tastes victory, it will be a terrific treat for some citizens in the championship town.”
Philadelphia captured the Eastern Conference title over the Montreal Canadiens last week, while Chicago took the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the NHL title last year.