Boston mayor makes good on Stanley Cup bet
BY BRIAN SLODYSKO Staff Reporter October 2, 2013 5:52AM
Updated: October 2, 2013 7:54AM
Making good on a Stanley Cup wager, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino prominently posted a Chicago Blackhawks-themed promotional video to his city’s homepage on Wednesday.
The video, which was part of a gentlemen’s agreement between Menino and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will remain on Boston’s official website for 24 hours.
It’s begins with Emanuel intoning, “Hello Boston, you have no idea how glad I am to speak to you.”
“From one sports town to another, and one set of fans to another, I want to thank the Bruins and the entire city of Boston for a really, really great series,” he continues.
The rest of the promotional video, posted a day after the Blackhawks 6-4 season-opening win at the United Center, features fans touting the city and its hockey tradition.
In the run-up to the Blackhawks’ second recent cup victory, Menino bet on his hometown Bruins. He wagered New England seafood, Boston theatre tickets and a commemorative tree to be planted in a schoolyard of Emanuel’s choosing.
But when it came to offering up Boston’s website, Menino couldn’t resist a good-natured jab at the expense of his famously foul-mouthed counterpart, requesting in a letter that the video have “no profanities, please.”
Some of the items Emanuel offered up in the “very unlikely event” the Bruins won included Steppenwolf Theatre tickets; an assortment of Chicago food, beers and sauces; and an “unlucky” #13 Blackhawks’ jersey with Menino’s name on the back.