Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock met in New York City last night and this morning to trash talk and place bets on the outcome of Sunday’s Super Bowl game.
After introducing Murray as Seattle’s first openly gay mayor, Stephen Colbert, in arch-conservative mode, said, “That’s a lifestyle I do not condone,” and then added, “Everyone knows being mayor is a choice.”
Murray had a quick comeback. “Seattle made that choice.”
There were the predictable jokes about the meeting of the two states to have legalized marijuana. Colbert referred to Seattle and Denver respectively as “baked” and “mile high.”
Colbert then had the mayors make a wager on the game. Hancock pulled out a piece of raw meat (it looked suspiciously like a New York steak) while Murray offered a raw filet of salmon. No sooner had they placed the bet than sirens sounded and the two mayors were led off by uniformed New York City police because, Colbert announced, betting is illegal in New York City.
This morning, both mayors were back at Rockefeller Plaza for the “Today” show against a backdrop of the two teams’ cheerleaders, fans and mascots.
Asked to make a prediction about Sunday’s game, Murray said, “Seattle’s going to win,” and followed that with “Seattle’s going to win” and “Seattle’s going to win.”
Hancock, perhaps with more playoff experience, led Denver fans in a brief chant of “Omaha, Omaha, Omaha,” Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning’s signature line-of-scrimmage audible.
Murray, sporting a smart-looking Seahawks scarf, looked as though he was having a blast. He and husband Michael Shiosaki will be at the game, but instead of in a suite they’ll be out in stadium seats surrounded by other fans. Murray’s prediction for the final score? 24-17 Seahawks.