What price will Ed Lee pay for the 49ers losing the Superbowl?
Fans across the globe gamble on major sporting events, especially the Super Bowl. Whether it be a $5 bet online, a triple-digit drop in Vegas, or an agreement leading to fantastic embarassment for your friends, most people seem to get involved some way or another. This year, even JELL-O got in on the action, promising an air drop of their pudding to the losing team's city (the pudding blob attacked San Francisco yesterday). But that wasn't even the most humiliating chit cashed at our expense. Check out the five most ill-advised post-game deals that San Francisco's public figures made on the Super Bowl:
1. Police Chief Dance-Off
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr has the most devastating task of all. Not only does he have to put on a Ravens jersey, but he's going to try and master Ray Lewis' famous squirrel dance. It never seemed like a fair deal, since the other end was just Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts "Kaepernicking" in Baltimore.
2. Mayor Ed Lee Going to Baltimore
Our Mayor made a deal with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake before the Super Bowl and now has to fly to Maryland and take part in a day of service around the capitol city. In addition, Lee will "have to eat" Maryland blue crab with Rawlings-Blake while sporting a Ravens jersey. It's tough to don that uniform, but it's going to be worse to choke down the East coast crab during our own Dungeness season.
3. Reading "The Raven"
San Francisco Public Library City Librarian Luis Herrera now has to read Edgar Allen Poe's famous poem "The Raven" in the atrium of the city library while wearing a Ravens jersey. For writing nerds, this is the ultimate embarassment. If the 49ers had won, the Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Carla Hayden would have had to have read "The Cool, Grey City of Love" by George Sterling while repping the red and gold.
4. Boone the Black Rhino
The San Francisco Zoo has to rename the sanctuary that houses offensive lineman Alex Boone's namesake in honor of the Ravens for a month. If the Ravens had lost, they would have renamed the raven house at their zoo after the 49ers. Unfortunately, Boone the black rhino will be living in the opponent's home for the next 30 days.
5. Brewery Battle
Anchor Brewery in San Francisco is probably not the place to go for a tour for the next week. Their guides have to wear Ravens jerseys to honor a bet made between their brewery and Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD. Not only that, but Flying Dog will be served on the Anchor Steam taps for the duration of the week as well.