Ok, so I was browsing the web when this story from the NY Times about Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell catches my eye. You see, it is common for Mayors and Governors to have a bet over the Super Bowl. But Gov. Rendell is a season ticket holder for the Eagles and the former mayor of Philadelphia, so we obviously know who he is rooting for.
But if the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles meet in the Super Bowl, he's already arranged a bet. Against himself. Assuming that the Eagles and Steelers beat the Cardinals and Ravens respectfully in this weekend's Conference Championship games.
If the Eagles win, Pittsburgh would donate sandwiches from the Primanti Brothers to a homeless shelter and senior center in Philly. If the Steelers win, Philly would donate Pat's Cheesesteaks to a shelter/senior center in Pittsburgh.
This essentially leads to a win-win for everyone, regardless of the Super Bowl outcome, in the state of Pennsylvania. And essentially, isn't that what sports is for. I already thought the idea of an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl, and now I have a real reason to root for it. Other than I'm and Eagles fan anyway.
I'll have my preview/picks entries later in the week, and maybe something random for tomorrow. Just wanted to get this story out there for everyone to see. Thanks for reading.
LINKS - in case the hyperlinks don't work...
NY Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/s
Primanti Bros. - http://www.primantibrothers.com/
Pat's Steaks - http://www.patskingofsteaks.com