SF, Seattle mayors place 'friendly wager' on Sunday's game

SEATTLE - The mayors of Seattle and San Francisco, both Washington natives, have agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of Sunday's 49ers-Seahawks NFC Championship playoff game, including chocolate and ice cream.

It must be tough for San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee to be betting against his hometown team.

"I'm glad San Francisco voters were smart enough to choose a Seattle native as their mayor," Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said.

Lee said his mom, 3 brothers and 2 sisters are all still in the Seattle area.

"I'm the black sheep of the family, so to speak -- I'm the only one that's left," Lee said. "You know I'll be wearing my red and gold uniform down here."

And with that Lee backed up his 49ers with the following bet: If the 49ers lose, he will send Mitchell's Ice Cream, Poco Dolce Chocolates and Lefty O'Doul's original 1958 Bloody Mary mix.

Bloody Mary mix?

"Well the 12th Man up there will need some headache removal after the game so we're going to offer that Bloody Mary mix," Lee said.

Murray countered: "Thank you. They'll need it after the celebration." Murray had also offered ear plugs for 49ers players.

In the unlikely event of a Seahawks loss, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray would send Molly Moon's Ice Cream and Theo Chocolate. In addition, the losing mayor will assist the winning mayor in raising $10,000 for a food bank or meal program in the winning city and the losing mayor will send a food donation to the winning city's food bank.

"It was always going to come down to this - the two best teams in the NFC battling for a chance to play in the Super Bowl," Lee said. "We wouldn't have wanted it any other way. When the 'Niners raise that Lombardi Trophy in New York City next month, they will do so knowing that they'd made the trip up to Seattle and triumphed over their rivals from the North."

Not to be outdone, Murray countered, "We have every confidence in our team going into Sunday's game. We know too, that the 12th Man will boost our players and make it very tough for our division rival 49ers to get in a win in Seattle. We can't say this enough - bring your earplugs."

Bets on the table, the mayors got back to the trash talk.

Referring to the credit card mailing address needed to buy Seahawks tickets for the championship game, Mayor Lee said, "I wish we could get a few more tickets."

Murray responded, "Well I understand the Seahawks didn't want to have your fans crying on TV."

As the Seahawks host the 49ers this weekend, both mayors and teams are urging all fans to treat each other with respect.