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New York, Los Angeles mayors make singing bet on Stanley Cup Final

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

New York mayor Bill de Blasio has a reason to root harder for the Rangers now. (USATSI)
New York mayor Bill de Blasio has a reason to root harder for the Rangers now. (USATSI)

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Finally, a mayoral sports bet we can all get behind. Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, and Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, are making one of the most unique wagers between politicians we've seen yet for this year's Stanley Cup Final. Each actually has much at stake, personally, as the New York Rangers take on the Los Angeles Kings in the championship series.

The mayors have agreed that whichever team representing their respective cities loses, the defeated mayor must sing a song about the victorious city. But they won't just have to sing it, they'll have to do so live on national television on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

If the Rangers manage to overcome a 1-0 series deficit to defeat the Kings, Garcetti will have to sing New York, New York, made famous by legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. Should the Kings defeat the Rangers, de Blasio must sing Randy Newman's classic, I Love LA.

Oh, boy. If you would like to see a municipal politician shamed on national television, this Stanley Cup series is totally hooking you up.

The two mayors even released corny statements about the bet including lyrics from each of the songs.

Via New York City Mayor's Office:

"Start spreading the news, it's been over 20 years since the Stanley Cup has found its home in New York City, and we look forward to it making its way here," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Let's go Rangers."

"Looks like another perfect day -- for the Kings to take home the Stanley Cup," Mayor Eric Garcetti said. "From the west side to the east side, the Kings will reign. Go Kings Go!"

This takes any of the previous mayor bets and pretty much kicks them to the curb as they are often forgettable food and beverage-related wagers. This at least has some staying power thanks to YouTube. Oh, no, did no one tell them about YouTube?

Guessing each of de Blasio and Garcetti will be rooting a little harder for their local hockey clubs with stakes like these.

(h/t Puck Daddy)

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