Confident in the Denver Broncos' ability to defeat the Baltimore Ravens in Saturday's divisional playoff game, Mayor Michael B. Hancock today made a friendly wager over the phone with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
"Denver is looking forward to an exciting game with the Ravens, and I expect an Orange Wave to come out on top at the end of the fourth quarter," Hancock said. "Behind the high powered offense led by Peyton Manning and shut down defense led by Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller, the Broncos are playing at the top of their game. The road to the Super Bowl runs right through Denver, and I can't think of a better city to host Ray Lewis' last game of his acclaimed career."
In accordance with the terms of the wager, the mayor of the losing team will send the other food that is unique to his or her city. In the spirit of the west, Mayor Hancock agreed to send a box of dry aged "cowboy cut" rib eye steaks from Lombardi Brothers Meats. Denver's original "local" meat cutter, Lombardi Brothers has been servicing Colorado's premiere hotels, resorts and restaurants since 1947 and is the exclusive supplier at Denver's esteemed National Western Stock Show. In the event the Broncos lose, Hancock agreed to perform the famous Ray Lewis pre-game dance.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake agreed to send a platter of broiled crab cakes from J. W. Faidley Seafood in Baltimore's historic Lexington Market and will order Baltimore's historic Washington Monument to be bathed in blue and orange light.
"For five consecutive years, our Ravens have made the playoffs with an increasingly potent offense and historically dominant defense, led by All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis. I am excited to watch them win another game on the road to the Super Bowl," Rawlings-Blake said. "This is, of course, Ray Lewis' final post-season as a Raven. He and his teammates are playing with a renewed sense of camaraderie and urgency which the Denver Broncos will be unable to match."
Hancock said he is looking forward to dining on the crab cakes, which have been noted in the New York Times as "the single best crab cake in Baltimore, if not the Western Hemisphere."