Mayors raise stakes in Stanley Cup Finals

Published On June 12, 2013 | By Tyler Scionti

While the Bruins get ready to face off against the Blackhawks in their quest for the Cup, many fans lay down a few casual wagers and bets. It happens all the time, but Chicago’s Mayor Rahm and Boston’s Mayor Menino have upped the ante a bit as they exhibit some pride in their respective hometowns.

Mayor Rahm of Chicago started it off with an announcement on Facebook laying down the stakes should the Bruins win. It’s a pretty lengthy (and generous) list that encompasses the best Chicago has to offer. While no city can outshine all that Boston has to offer, I have to say that Rahm’s wager seems like a good deal should the Bruins win.

Should the Bruins win Menino will get…

  •  Corned beef sandwiches from Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen along with a few potato pancakes sent along as well.
  • Tickets to Chicago’s Tony-award winning Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
  • A “Menino 13” Blackhawks jersey.
  • Since we have the Green Monster here at Fenway, Menino will get six-packs of Green Line beer and some Goose Island Beer Co. Root Beer.
  • An array of Chicago’s finest – Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Robinsons BBQ sauce, El Milagro tortillas, and Al’s #1 Italian Beef Sandwiches. And we can have a 2013 version of the Boston Tea Party with all the Argo Tea we will get as well.
  • Finally, a tree in the schoolyard of Menino’s choice, to highlight Chicago’s common commitment to education, parks and the environment.

Never one to be outdone, Mayor Menino fired back and in style. Menino counter Rahm’s offer with a wager of his own, offering the best Boston has to offer in a letter. While Menino’s list is not quite as lengthy as that of Rahm’s he does offer a very good deal that anyone would be happy to get. Should the Blackhawks win Rahm will get…

  • The “Best of Boston’s Local Foods,” foods that are grown or produced right here in the Hub, including some of our abundant seafood;
  • Access to the City of Boston’s website for one day, to post a promotional video touting Chicago and its great attractions
  • A pair of tickets to Theo Epstein’s “Hot Stove, Cool Music” concert in Boston.
  • And a tree, to be planted in the schoolyard of Rahm’s choosing, highlighting Boston’s common commitment to education, parks and the environment.

Overall it sounds like a good deal either way, it certainly will make the series a bit more interesting knowing that the stakes have been raised just a bit in a friendly wager. Best of luck to both teams, but especially the Bruins.

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Hi I'm Tyler Scionti, I'm a member of the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross where I study English and Economics. At school I cover a variety of sports while also writing a beat column on the Boston Red Sox.