WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Elected officials from the D.C. area and Seattle, including the mayors of both cities, have a bet on the outcome of the Sunday’s playoff game between the Redskins and the Seahawks.
The mayor with the losing team must fly the victor’s flag over his city’s city hall for a day.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he’s confident it will be Seattle’s Mayor Michael McGinn flying Washington’s flag. He says the Seahawks have not won a road playoff game since 1983. But the Redskins have also lost their last two playoff appearances against the Seahawks in 2005 and 2007.
In October the District of Columbia had to fly the St. Louis flag over the Wilson Building – the city’s main government building – for a day. That’s after the Washington Nationals lost the National League Division Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Despite his losing track record on the diplomatic gambling scene, Gray tells Fox 5 there is a political agenda behind the bet.
“If we are fortunate to be able to win,” Gray said. “The flag Seattle will fly will say ‘No Taxation Without Representation’.”
As for McGinn’s comments, well, he’s rather confident in his team’s cross-country mission.
“It’s gonna be awful nice to see that Seattle flag flying in DC,” McGinn said.
Fortunately for D.C. residents, there was no stipulation in the bet requiring Gray to rename his chambers the ‘Russell’ Wilson building in the event of a Seattle victory.
Similarly, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and King County Executive Dow Constantine have entered into a friendly wager on the game. The pair fittingly have coffee on the line. Should the Redskins win, Constantine will send Baker a bevvy of beans from Seattle’s Best, Starbucks and other outlets. If the Seahawks win, Baker will be sending off grounds from Landover-based Eight O’Clock Coffee.
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