Rawlings-Blake loses bet, dons Steelers garb
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has honored the bet she lost to Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, releasing a YouTube video in which she salutes the Steelers for beating the Ravens in last weekend's playoff game.
In the two-minute video, Rawlings-Blake briefly dons the jersey of Steelers receiver Hines Ward, before moving off camera to change into a black blouse highlighted by a purple scarf, which she declares to be much better.
The tone is mostly conciliatory, as she points to the two cities' shared history:
"Both Baltimore and Pittsburgh have deep roots as blue-collar cities, and the people respect tough, hard-hitting football."
But Rawlings-Blake closes with a small salvo, allowing the clip to end with an outtake in which somebody in the background shouts, "Boo!" to the mayor's concession that the Steelers were the "superior football team."
Here are the terms of the bet, courtesy of Rawlings-Blake's office:
"The mayor of the losing team must send the other mayor some food that is unique to the city. Mayor Rawlings-Blake agreed to send a tray of crab cakes from Faidley’s Seafood in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market. ... Mayor Ravenstahl agreed to send a plate of delicious sandwiches courtesy of Primanti Bros. Restaurant, Steeler-inspired Smiley cookies from Eat’n Park, and various other Pittsburgh-based goodies.
In addition to the food, the mayor of the losing team must post a social media message stating, “[The Winning Team] are superior to the [Losing Team].” Also, the mayor of the losing team will post a video pronouncing the winning team’s superiority while wearing the winning team’s jersey."