Delicacies the medium of exchange for Series bets

Updated: October 27, 2005, 5:58 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Houston Mayor Bill White were willing to risk delicacies like pizza and barbecue when they bet their teams would win this year's World Series.

They just didn't want to risk their dignity.

Not like last year, when New York Gov. George Pataki had to don a Boston Red Sox jersey after the Yankees dropped the American League Championship series to their hated rivals to the north.

"I'd say he wore it about five seconds," said Pataki spokesman Kevin Quinn.

Every year, mayors, governors, senators and other public officials put their civic pride on the line when their teams square off in the playoffs.

And if they lose, they're stuck packing up ribs, crabs, cleaning supplies (from Minnesota), ham, flour (Minnesota again), lutefisk (lye-soaked dried cod from, you guessed it, Minnesota) and anything else cities consider their claim to fame.

Houston's White promised Chicago's Daley a trip to Texas for a big parade and meals at some of his city's most distinctive restaurants. He'll have to pay up after the White Sox beat the Astros 1-0 on Wednesday, completing a World Series sweep.

Houston already had to pony up once this year when the Dallas Mavericks beat their Rockets in the NBA playoffs.

"You try sending Peking duck still hot," said the mayor's press secretary, Patrick Trahan, who picked up the food at a restaurant and frantically drove it to the airport and put it on a plane.

Daley can look to the result as proof that he'll be getting that Houston trip.

"We got it there hot," he said. "We deliver on our bets."


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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