Mayors of Nashville and Pittsburgh make bet; loser to wear Avalanche gear for a week

The Elbow staff 

 Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto outside PPG Paints Arena today. Image source:  Mark Dixon

Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto outside PPG Paints Arena today. Image source: Mark Dixon

PITTSBURGH, PA – As is tradition, the mayors of the two teams competing in the Stanley Cup Final have made a friendly bet regarding the outcome of the series.

Nashville's mayor, Megan Barry, alongside Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh spoke to the media outside PPG Paints Arena this afternoon to announce the terms of the arrangement.

"As everyone has come to expect over the years, the winning city's mayors always like to have a bit of fun with it and make the losers pay by doing something embarrassing," Barry said. "This year, Bill and I have chosen to take it one step further and really punish the loser."

"Rather than wearing each other's jersey, the one of us unlucky enough to lose will be saddled with the shame of wearing an Avalanche jersey around town for a week."

Peduto said he suggested the idea of tarring and feathering the loser, but Barry took it up a notch with her Colorado suggestion.

"She's got a wicked sense of humour, no doubt about that," the Pittsburgh mayor said of his southern counterpart. "I thought my suggestion was harsh, but I'd give anything to do that if the Pens lose."

"I don't know if I have the stomach to follow through on this, so hopefully my boys can pull it off."

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