Mayor Michael McGinn
If the fact that he's running for re-election isn't enough, yesterday should have proven that Mike McGinn is a gambling man.
Mayor Michael McGinn
Yesterday on his Twitter feed McGinn not only released a video of himself in a Portland Timbers jersey to fulfill his bet with Portland Mayor Sam Adams over the 2012 Cascadia Cup, but also challenged Vincent Gray, the Mayor of the District of Columbia, to a bet on the Seahawks-Redskins Game on Sunday.
Mayor McGinn's betting talk all began yesterday afternoon when at 1:09 p.m. he released the following tweet:
In the embeded video, McGinn first congratulates the Timbers on their Cascadia Cup victory in 2012 and wishes their fans a happy holidays while wearing a Timbers jersey. Then the video cuts to McGinn running with a soccer ball in the Portland jersey before being tripped up by his 13-year-old son, who while wearing a Sounders jersey steals the ball.
This is the second year McGinn and Adams have made a wager over the Cascadia Cup, a series of soccer games that have become a point of contention amongst several Pacific Northwest government officials. In the 2011 wager the losing team's mayoral staff was forced to don the winning city's team's scarf for a day. That year Adams would end up wearing a Sounders jersey after the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in their first matchup at then Qwest Field before the Sounders would go to Portland and beat the Timbers 3-2 later in the year.
In the 2012 season both teams met up three times with each squad winning one game (Portland won the June 24th match at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland 2-1 while Seattle took the October 7th match at CenturyLink 3-0) and tying in their second contest 1-1. However given Portland's slightly better play against the Vancouver Whitecaps, the third team that plays for the Cascadia Cup each season, the Timbers ultimately won the cup and made McGinn a loser.
Going back to McGinn's tweeting on the day, at 2:00 p.m. the Seattle Mayor released this tweet:
To which Mayor Gray responded:
Like with the Sounders, this is not the first time McGinn has made wagers with mayors over NFL playoff games. Two years ago, when the Seahawks were last in the playoffs, and 10-point underdogs to the New Orleans Saints, McGinn made a bet with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. In the bet McGinn offered up music "from the Seattle scene," a dozen Top Pot maple bars and a dozen smoked salmon. When the Seahawks won, McGinn took home Louisiana seafood, music, and a king cake.
It is not clear yet if Mayor Gray will have to fly the twelve man flag as well as the city of Seattle flag if the Seahawks win this Sunday in the nation's capital.