It's a Super Bowl XLVI showdown - and a very friendly wager pitting the New York Giants against the New England Patriots made between the respective Minority Leaders of the New York State Assembly and the Massachusetts House. The odds are somebody will be enjoying food from the opposing team's home state as their counterpart dons the rival team's football jersey and gets their picture taken on the Chamber floor.
Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua, NY) and Massachusetts House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading, MA) have made a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend's Super Bowl XLVI. Leader Kolb, backing the New York Giants to win the big game on Sunday, wagered some of the Finger Lakes award-winning wines and New York's delicious cheesecake. Leader Jones, picking the Patriots, wagered some hearty New England clam chowder from Boston's Legal Sea Foods and tasty cannolis from Mike's Pastry in Boston's acclaimed North End.
Besides the culinary reward, the winner of Leader Kolb and Leader Jones' Super Bowl XLVI wager gets the satisfaction of seeing the supporter of the losing team don their opponent's NFL jersey - and have a picture taken while wearing it to capture the event for posterity - on their respective Chamber floor.
"I applaud Leader Jones for his willingness to make this friendly wager and look forward to enjoying the chowder and cannolis. I already have a prominent place picked out in my office where I will put Leader Jones' picture wearing a New York Giants jersey. New York's Big Blue (Yes, New York, sorry Governor Christie) has the Patriots' number. I say this not based on my football predictive ability but on the final score from Super Bowl XLII. All kidding aside, I wish both teams the very best on what will be an exciting game," said Kolb.
"I commend Minority Leader Kolb for entering into this wager," said Jones. "While New Yorkers and New Jerseyans continue to argue over which state can lay claim to the Giants, Patriots fans are focused on one thing - supporting their team in Sunday's game and cheering them on to their fourth Super Bowl title in eleven years. The last time the Patriots met the Giants in the Super Bowl is still fresh on the minds of many New England residents. I am confident, however, that the outcome will be different this time around. But in the end, at least we can both agree that it is great not to have the Jets anywhere near Indianapolis."
For a review of the New England clam chowder and cannolis - and a copy of the picture of Leader Jones wearing the New York Giants jersey on the floor of the Massachusetts House - call (518) 455-3751.