Mayors put friendly wager on Steelers-Bengals game
January 7, 2016 3:30 PM
The iconic Primanti Bros. sandwich will be among the items sent to Cincinnati if the Steelers lose Saturday's matchup.
The mayors of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will battle for bragging rights, but their fortunes will depend on the success of their city's football team.
Mayor Bill Peduto and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley are placing friendly wagers on who will win Saturday night's AFC Wild Card game. The bet also will benefit local charities.
Mr. Peduto will wager a care package of sandwiches from Primanti Bros.; hot dogs and pierogies from Franktuary; condiments and macaroni and cheese from The Kraft Heinz Company; ice cream from Dream Cream Ice Cream; and Eat'n Park smiley cookies.
If Pittsburgh wins, Mr. Cranley will be sending items from Graeter's Ice Cream, Gold Star Chili and the Montgomery Inn.
Regardless of Saturday's outcome, Mr. Peduto will serve a meal, courtesy of the local food providers, at the Light of Life mission from 5-6 p.m. on the North Side. If the Steelers lose, however, the meal will be served while wearing a Bengals jersey.
“I stand with all Pittsburghers in the support of our Steelers,” Mr. Peduto said in a statement. “I’d like to thank Mayor Cranley for being a good sport and our local food partners for their continued commitment to our community. I’ve never had Cincinnati’s Gold Star Chili but I think it will pair nicely with a Black and Gold victory.”
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have declared Friday “Steelers Friday.” A playoff rally will be held at noon in the courtyard of the county courthouse. Participants are encouraged to show their support by wearing the Steelers' colors.
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