Mayors, governors bet on Super BowlPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell now have something riding on Sunday's Super Bowl between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brewer announced Friday that she has accepted a wager from Rendell to have the losing team's state provide a three-day vacation to a resident of the state with the winning team. Meals and accommodations would be donated by private companies but travel is not included, according to Brewer's office.
An Arizonan would go to Pittsburgh to stay at a hotel, go to a home game of the Pirates, Steelers or Penguins and visit attractions such as the Andy Warhol Museum. A Pennsylvanian would stay at a resort, play golf and go to a game of the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Coyotes or Suns.
The mayors of the Super Bowl cities have made their wager: a tree vs. a tree -- of sorts.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who has taken to calling himself Steelerstahl since the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens to advance to Sunday's Super Bowl, has accepted the bet offered by Glendale, Ariz. Mayor Elaine Scruggs.
If the Steelers win, Glendale officials must plant a tree native to Pennsylvania outside University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. If the Cardinals win, Ravenstahl must see that a cactus is planted outside of Heinz Field, where the Steelers play.
Pittsburgh's mayor is explaining the bet this way: "Pittsburgh is a city of trees, so we're betting a tree for a tree, even though theirs is a cactus."
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