It's common for local politicians to make friendly bets on major sporting events and that tradition will continue with Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock settled on a friendly wager, involving local food, businesses and charities.
The Broncos are the betting favorite according to oddsmakers, which could bode well for Hancock. If Denver does indeed win, Murray will send the Denver mayor some salmon, Dungeness crab and a custom bicycle made by a local bicycle shop on Seattle. A piece of blown glass art from a Seattle area artist will also be auctioned to benefit Denver's Road Home program for the homeless, according to the Associated Press.
If the Seahawks walk away with the Lombardi Trophy, Hancock will ship some of Denver's green chiles to Seattle along with some clothing and handmade skis from a Denver company. The Denver mayor will also auction off a local item to support Lifelong AIDS Alliance which is based in Seattle.
The friendly bet will go beyond mailing some local items and also include a little bit of public shame for the losing side. According to TMZ, the Denver mayor will wear a costume "inspired by the Macklemore song 'Thrift Shop.'" The well-known Seattle musician hasn't been shy about his support of the Seahawks and even celebrated in the locker room with the team following Seattle's win in the NFC Championship.
A Denver win will mean Murray will have to wear Broncos-themed pajamas in public. In addition to adding insult to injury, wearing the pajamas is also to help raise awareness for the Road Home program. This isn't the first time Murray has placed a friendly wager on the Seahawks. He won a bet with the mayor from New Orleans earlier in the playoffs.