Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt stood next to Mayor Daley Saturday morning at the 95th-floor John Hancock Observatory and predicted a 24-13 Packers victory over the Bears.
Sporting Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ No. 12 jersey, Schmitt fended off questions about whether Rodgers could repeat his near-flawless performance last weekend, with, “Give me a break,” and declared former Pack quarterback Brett Favre a persona non grata, saying, “We are so over the last guy.”
Wearing a Bears cap and casual duds, Daley refused to a predict Sunday’s final score, joking, “I can’t do that — it’s illegal.” But the mayor said he was confident the Bears — who he said were underestimated by the national media early in the season — will win.
Daley said he plans to watch the game at Soldier Field, but expected divided loyalties even in his own family, as wife Maggie, born in Pittsburgh, is a Steelers fan, and a son-in-law is a Jets fan.
The two mayors bantered about their friendly wager — Daley, a cheeseless Chicago-style pizza, and Schmitt, a pound of cheese for every point the Packers outscore the Bears.
“I’m hoping to send him 20 pounds of cheese,” Schmitt said, but also described the NFL’s oldest rivals as “a respectful rivalry. It’s not like the Vikings — we don’t like the Vikings.”
Still, Schmitt did everything he could to underscore his prediction of victory, including wearing the cowboy boots he said he plans to wear when the Packers go the Super Bowl in Dallas on Feb. 6.
As the mayors talked football, Schmitt’s daughters skated on the Hancock’s new public ice-skating rink. The rink, made from a synthetic surface, is something the mayor said he would like to see in park district locations across Chicago, which hold few indoor rinks.