New York, California officials place Stanley Cup wagers

Wed Jun 4, 2014 6:23pm EDT
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - From potentially embarrassing television appearances to lowly rice cakes, the traditional official bets flew across the country on Wednesday as the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings prepared to face off in the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the loser of their friendly wager would have to sing on ABC Television's late-night "Jimmy Kimmel Live," according to a statement from de Blasio's office.

If New York wins, Garcetti will help perform "New York, New York," made famous by legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. If Los Angeles wins, de Blasio will help perform Randy Newman's "I Love L.A."

The first game of the National Hockey League's best-of-seven championship series was scheduled for Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

On the gubernatorial front, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that if Los Angeles wins, he will send California's Governor Jerry Brown a gift basket of local products and a "hat trick," hockey puck to commemorate his state's three on-time budgets in a row.

If the Rangers win, Brown will send Cuomo a book on California state history and lightly salted organic brown rice cakes, according to Cuomo's office.

The governors' wager was quickly met with criticism, as an ice hockey columnist on Yahoo Sports called it "the lamest governors' bet ever."

News website The Wire lamented that the bet was particularly uninspired.   Continued...

Jun 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis (26) skates past the Stanley Cup Final logo during practice the day before game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports