Posted on: October 19, 2009 1:47 pm

Friendly Wagers

If for some reason you're searching for the terms of the foodstuffs wager the  New York and Anaheim mayors have placed on the outcome of the ALCS, here's some bad news for you.

No bet was ever made.

According to the New York Daily News, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's people reached out to Anaheim mayor Curt Pringle's people last week to see what they'd like to put on the line for the traditional food-related bet between proud and esteemed civic leaders. 

New York's proposal, however, was met with a simple "thanks, but no thanks" when Anaheim declined the offer.  Pringle's office confirmed that the idea of the wager had been offered from the East, but did not offer any reasons why they wouldn't participate in what seems like a completely innocuous bet.

That, of course, leads us to make up a few theories for the refusal on our own.

1. Pringle was worried that none of Anaheim's cuisine would match up to Momofuku's fried chicken from New York. (Or maybe he also thinks that rich East Coasters acting as if fried chicken was discovered and perfected in Manhattan is the stupidest thing ever.) 

2. After the team's name change from "Anaheim" to "Los Angeles," Pringle remains steamed and figures it's up to Antonio Villaraigosa to handle these requests.

3. Pringle ran for re-election on a platform that promised an end to cliché playoff stories.  

4. The Republican mayor got a call from Fox head Rupert Murdoch and was told that if he enjoyed his job he wouldn't pull for any outcome involving the Angels in the World Series.  

5. Anaheim's FedEx food budget was drained by all of those express shipments to Chicago in 2005 and to Boston in 2004, 2007 and 2008. He's simply tired of paying out. 

Still, if you're heartbroken over this news (or are a television crew looking to fill 15 seconds of airtime), no need to worry. Mayor Bloomberg is currently enjoying a case of Honeycrisp apples and a case of beer from the Minneapolis mayor and the heads of Philly and Los Angeles have placed cheesesteaks and Pink's hot dogs on the line for the NLCS.

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