Seahawks playoff game prompts wager between Seattle and Minneapolis mayors

Mayor Ed Murray and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges entered into a friendly wager ahead of Sunday’s first-round playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings. The game will be played in Minneapolis.

“The Seahawks won big in Minnesota back in December – I can see the Hawks winning there again by an even wider margin now that Marshawn Lynch is back, healthy, and playing,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The Hawks are experienced NFL champions, while the Vikings have never won an NFL title in their five decades of existence. With a win on Sunday, the Hawks take the first step in returning to a third straight Super Bowl.”

“The Seahawks are really great, what with their brutal loss in last years’ Super Bowl and all. And yes, they beat us this year when we were missing our three best defensive players,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “But I get the feeling they might just come in to TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday and fall flat on their faces because Teddy Bridgewater and our dominating defense are clearly ready for revenge. Plus we’ve got the true 12th man, the cold.”

If the Minnesota Vikings defeat the Seahawks, Mayor Murray will send fresh salmon from Pike Place Fish Market, coffee from Starbucks, and baked goods from King Donuts in Rainier Beach to Minneapolis. If the Seahawks win, Mayor Hodges will send beer from Indeed Brewing Company, a “North” stocking hat and mittens from Askov Finlayson, dates from the Karmel Mall, and a Prince t-shirt.

Sunday’s playoff game is a re-match between the two teams. In their December meeting, the Seahawks defeated the Vikings in Minnesota by a score of 38-7.