Political figures across New England are making friendly wagers with authorities in Washington State as Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks approaches.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he will donate Boston Cream Pie cupcakes from the Koffee Kup bakery in Springfield to a Washington State food pantry. Gov. Maggie Hassan has agreed to donate New Hampshire bacon from the North Country Smokehouse in Claremont. In contrast, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will donate 1,000 cups of clam chowder to food pantries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. All of the governors have agreed to donate whether their teams win or lose.
In addition, Massachusetts and Washington lieutenant governors placed their bets. Massachusetts Lt. Gov. agreed to send a case of beer from Wormtown Brewery and a box of cannolis from Wholly Cannoli, both in Worcester, in the event that the Seahawks win the Super Bowl. If the Patriots win, Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen will deliver a bottle of Quilceda Creek wine, an assorted package of smoked salmon, albacore tuna, herbal tea, a “Paddle to Quinault” plush throw, wooden decorative carvings and a small box of Washington apples. The Lt. Gov. of the losing team will also make a donation to a local food pantry of the winning Lt. Gov.'s choice.
The Patriots are set to take on the Seahawks in Phoenix, Arizona, on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m.