As the contest for the Super Bowl XLVI heats up to immeasurable temperatures, the fans of competiting teams have turned their attentions to a separate competition that bestows the ultimate in travel oneupmanship.
On Monday the Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced their support to their hometown teams with a sideline wager.
The bet by respective mayors allows a selected fan of the winning team to visit the losing city in an all expenses paid trip.
Super Bowl Competition
If New England Patriots win, the winning Boston family will receive a round trip airfare to New York, with a short, two night stay in the Grand Hyatt New York. The trip will also include dinner at B. Smith’s retaurant and the Russian Tea Room, along with free tickets to a range sporting events, culture visits and tours.
If the Giants win though, the winning New York family will equally win a round trip to Boston. The stay includes two nights at The Ritz-Carlton, as well as dinner at the Legal Seafoods Harborside and Top of the Hub restaurant. Similarly, the prize in Boston includes free tickets to a variety of sporting events, cutural visits and tours.
New York Mayor Bloomberg ignited the friendly smack talk, openly announcing his confindence in the Giants to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.
Boston Mayor Menino showed far more restraint in his approach, stating that he had a lot of ‘faith in the Patriots’. He added that he hoped ‘they’ll carry the Vince Lombardi Trophy right back to Boston.’
The Patriots go into the tie as slight favourites in the 2003 rematch in which the Giants came out on top. Regardless of who wins the superbowl though, there will still be some sore losers amongst those winning fans that don’t win the trip to the opposition’s city.