Be­yond politi­cians: Goofy Su­per Bowl bets

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - MARK PRATT

May­ors and gov­er­nors long have made friendly wa­gers over Su­per Bowls, usu­ally putting up a crate of lo­cal del­i­ca­cies against what­ever good­ies the op­pos­ing team’s home is fa­mous for. But the goofy bets go well be­yond city halls and state­houses. A few ex­am­ples of weird wa­gers:


Six Flags New Eng­land and Six Flags Over Ge­or­gia are run by the same com­pany, but they’re ri­vals thanks to this week­end’s Su­per Bowl be­tween the Pa­tri­ots and At­lanta Fal­cons. If the Pa­tri­ots win, the Ge­or­gia park will tem­po­rar­ily re­name its 24-story spin­ning swing ride the Pa­tri­ots SkyScreamer and serve New Eng­land clam chow­der when it opens for the sea­son. Should the Fal­cons win, the Mas­sachusetts park will re­name its sim­i­lar ride the Fal­cons SkyScreamer and serve Ge­or­gia peach pie.


Kane’s Donuts, a Bos­ton-area dough­nut shop, is on a streak with bets against ri­val shops in Houston and Pitts­burgh al­ready this post-sea­son. Now it’s tak­ing on At­lanta’s Sublime Dough­nut. In ad­di­tion to boxes of tasty treats, em­ploy­ees of the los­ing shop have to wear the win­ning team’s jer­seys while bak­ing their dough­nuts.


The Seat­tle Art Mu­seum and the Clark Art In­sti­tute in Wil­liamstown, Mas­sachusetts, wa­gered art­work when the Pa­tri­ots played the Seat­tle Sea­hawks in the Su­per Bowl two years ago. Af­ter Mal­colm But­ler’s last-minute in­ter­cep­tion clinched New Eng­land’s 28-24 vic­tory, the Wash­ing­ton mu­seum made good on its prom­ise to loan Al­bert Bier­stadt’s 1870 land­scape, “Puget Sound on the Pa­cific Coast,” to the Clark for three months. Had the Sea­hawks won, the Clark would have loaned Winslow Homer’s 1900 mas­ter­piece de­pict­ing the Maine coast, “West Point, Prout’s Neck,” to Seat­tle.


McGreevy’s sports bar in Bos­ton and Fo­ley’s Pub in New York City made shep­herd’s pie their bet over the 2012 Su­per Bowl be­tween the Pa­tri­ots and New York Gi­ants. They agreed to do­nate pro­ceeds of sev­eral months’ worth of sales to the win­ner’s char­ity of choice. With the Gi­ants’ 21-17 win, McGreevy’s owner and Drop­kick Mur­phys front­man Ken Casey also had to work a bar­tend­ing shift at Fo­ley’s.


Kane’s Donuts of Sau­gus/Bos­ton and At­lanta’s Sublime Dough­nuts are wa­ger­ing a dozen of their re­spec­tive hand­crafted dough­nuts on the out­come of Su­per Bowl LI.

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