AirTalk for January 31, 2014

Competing mayors make traditional Super Bowl wager -- when will LA get back in the game?

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The Vince Lombardi Trophy and helmets for the Denver Broncos(R) and the Seattle Seahawks are displayed prior to a Super Bowl XLVIII head coach joint press conference at the Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 31, 2014 in New York.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is stirring up a firestorm over his wager with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Hancock is offering up samples of Denver’s finest green chile.

What else is on the table? Seattle’s finest salmon, Colorado beefsteak, embarrassing outfits for charity, and important works of art.

If Denver wins, Seattle will lend the city a Native American mask resembling a seahawk. If Seattle wins, Denver will temporarily relinquish Frederic Remington’s bronze sculpture “The Broncho Buster.”

Hancock and Murray are only the latest mayors to join a long sporting tradition of wagers from competing cities.What have been the best ones over the years? How does a city decide what to offer?

L.A. is currently without a football team, but with Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s recent purchase of a 60-acre lot near Hollywood Park, hopes of an L.A. Super Bowl contender are being refueled. If L.A. had a competing team, what local goods would the city gamble?

Guest:

Martin Rogers, Sports writer and broadcaster for Yahoo!


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