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Menino Calls Tampa Bay Mayor’s Hockey Wager ‘Cheesy’

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Boston Mayor Tom Menino

Boston Mayor Tom Menino

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Tom Menino reportedly did to Tampa Bay Mayor Bob Buckhorn what the Bruins are hoping to do to the Lightning: publicly embarrassed him.

On Friday, Tampa’s mayor had a big media event planned where he would receive a phone call from Menino and the two would wager on the Bruins-Lightning series.

But, according to The St. Petersburg Times, Menino, who was tied up on official business, left Buckhorn waiting for more than a half hour before eventually having someone else from his office call up.

Mayor Menino weighs in on the bet

The gentleman’s bet was that the loser would have to wear a tie bearing the winning team’s logo.

Buckhorn told The Times that the “lame” tie idea was Menino’s, but Mayor Menino disputes that claim.

“The mayor of Tampa called me. He wanted to make a bet. He wanted to bet ties.  He doesn’t have much confidence in his team,” Menino told WBZ-TV on Saturday. “Betting a tie? That’s cheesy. I wanted something good.”

Mayor Menino says regardless of the bet, he’s confident the Bruins will win.  He expects Tim Thomas will carry the team and predicts “the Bruins will win it in 5.”

Information from The St. Petersburg Times

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