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Denver and Seattle talk trash, make Super Bowl wagers

- January 27th, 2014

When teams get set to face one another in a championship game or series, it’s tradition for officials from competing cities to place a friendly bet and talk a little trash.

Mayors, for example, often wager a case of locally brewed beer or force their counterpart to wear the opposing team’s jersey for a day.

But this year, Seattle and Denver’s police departments have gotten in on the action ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seahawks and Broncos.

So have the local art museums. Yes, even curators watch football.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Here’s an exchange between the opposing PD’s over the weekend, adding a little entertainment value to those tax dollars.

As for the museums?

If the Seahawks win, the Seattle Art Museum will loan the Denver Art Museum a carved Seahawk mask for three months. If the Broncos win, the Seattle gallery will feature a Frederic Remington bronze statue of a cowboy on a bucking bronco, also for three months.

Exciting stuff. (Not.)

Let’s not forget the mayors.

In the event of a Broncos win, Seattle’s Ed Murray promised to send Denver’s Michael Hancock salmon, Dungeness crab and a bicycle made by Rodriguez Bicycles in Seattle (painted in Seahawks colours, of course). A piece of blown glass from artist Dale Chihuly will also be auctioned to benefit Denver’s Road Home program for the homeless.

If the Seahawks win, Hancock will send Murray a sampling of Denver’s green chile and a hoodie, ball cap (we’re guessing Broncos themed) and skis handmade by Denver’s own Icelantic Skis.

They also made a clothing bet — a thrift store outfit for Hancock and Broncos pajamas for Murray.

Okie dokie.

But, hey, whatever it takes to get people excited about the Big Game.

For fans, it’s all about bragging rights.

Same goes for mayors, cops and art directors.

(h/t No Guts, No Glory)

@AVPreports

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