Boston’s mayor has turned down a Super Bowl bet with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray because he doesn’t want to jinx the Patriots. So the mayor of Providence, R.I., mayor has agreed to step in.
Not even Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is betting against the Seahawks ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl showdown between his hometown New England Patriots and Seattle.
Walsh has refused an offer by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to make a wager on the game, a spokeswoman for the Beantown official said Friday.
“Following two unsuccessful sports bets with other mayors, Mayor Walsh — a lifelong Patriots fan and season ticket holder — is forgoing a bet with Seattle for this year’s Super Bowl because he does not want to jinx his beloved Patriots,” spokeswoman Bonnie McGilpin said in a statement.
So Murray has turned to another large New England city, striking a bet with Providence, R.I., Mayor Jorge Elorza.
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If the Seahawks win the Super Bowl, Elorza will hand over a basket with Olneyville New York System hot wiener sauce spice mix, El Quetzal Bakery sweet bread, Trinity Brewhouse IPA beer and music by Deer Tick and the Low Anthem.
If the Pats emerge as victors, Murray will ship Elorza a package of Northwest alder-smoked salmon from Pure Food Fish Market, coffee beans from the original Starbucks at Pike Place Market and a giant bag of Marshawn Lynch’s favorite snack, Skittles.
Why is Walsh so concerned?
Last January, after the Pats fell to Denver in the 2014 AFC Championship, the Boston mayor found himself wearing a bright orange Broncos jersey to work.
Then in May, when the Boston Bruins were checked out of the NHL playoffs by Montreal, Walsh was forced to fly a Canadiens flag outside his office.
Murray has had better luck.
Last year, the Seahawks won him a Colorado beef steak courtesy of Denver’s mayor. And earlier this month, when Seattle came from behind to send the Packers packing, Murray scored a selection of Wisconsin beer, sausages and cheese in a bet with Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.
“Mayor Murray has a good relationship with sports bets, but Mayor Walsh doesn’t have a good relationship with sports bets,” Murray spokesman Jason Kelly said. “He’s a superstitious person, so he’s elected not to bet.”
Seattle’s mayor will attend the big game in Phoenix with his husband. Murray’s airfare, Super Bowl ticket and hotel room will be paid for by his office fund, said his communications director, Viet Shelton.
The office fund is nontaxpayer money donated by private individuals and entities, including political consultants, companies and friends of the mayor.
Murray’s husband will pay for his own airfare and game ticket, Shelton said.
Most politicians love wagers like the one Murray and Elorza announced Friday. They allow mayors and governors to bask in the reflected glory of popular sports teams.
And now schools are getting in on the act.
University of Washington and University of Massachusetts dormitory and dining-hall officials announced a bet of their own Friday.
The Huskies will send a dinner of Dungeness crab, shrimp, mussels, clams, garlic potatoes and corn to eight students at UMass Amherst if the Pats win Sunday.
If the Seahawks triumph, eight students in UW housing will receive a clambake of lobster, clams, steamers and corn, plus Boston cream pie.
The city hasn’t yet set a date for a Seahawks victory parade and hasn’t decided whether there will be an event if the team loses.