While Las Vegas collects action on this weekend’s big game, local politicians are also looking to parlay Big Blue’s Super Bowl run into big winnings.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Boston counterpart, Thomas Menino, made a friendly bet on the big game — and if the Giants beat the New England Patriots on Sunday, February 5, four lucky fans will score a trip to Boston to celebrate in their territory.
“New York sports teams have a history of cleaning up when they go to Boston — and now our fans will have a chance to do the same,” Bloomberg said. “Any New Yorker not too tired from salsa dancing Sunday night will be able to enter an online lottery for the chance to win.”
Bloomberg, who will be attending the game in Indianapolis, is asking New Yorkers to show their support for the Giants by donning blue on “Big Blue Friday.”
A winner will be chosen from the champion’s city for an all-expense paid trip to the losing city.
The trip to Boston will include: four roundtrip tickets on JetBlue, a two-night stay at the Ritz Carlton, dinner for four at Legal Seafoods Harborside and the Top of the Hub restaurant, four tickets to a performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center, four box seats at a Bruins or Celtics game at the TD Garden, a behind-the-scenes-tour of the newly expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, a Duck Tour ride, a VIP tour of the personal diaries of John Adams at the Boston Public Library, a VIP tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery and a photo with Menino.
Other local politicians are trying their luck with their New England counterparts, too.
Congressmember Gary Ackerman wagered matzo ball soup and a corned beef sandwich from Ben’s Best Deli in Rego Park against New England clam chowder and clam rolls from Congressemember Mike Capuano.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will also be chowing on chowder if the Giants come out victorious. She anted some New York-style cheesecake against Massachusetts Senator John Kerry’s offer of clam chowder.