- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Boston’s mayor didn’t want to ante up, but Providence’s mayor is all in.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says he’s taking part in a friendly wager with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Sunday’s Super Bowl pitting the New England Patriots against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.

A spokeswoman for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Friday that Walsh declined to wager with Murray because he does not want to “jinx” his beloved Patriots after losing two previous sports bets with other mayors.

If Seattle wins, Elorza says he’ll send Murray roughly 13 pounds of items the Rhode Island capital city is known for, including Olneyville New York System hot wiener sauce spice mix, sweet bread from El Quetzal Bakery, Trinity Brew House IPA and music by Deer Tick and the Low Anthem.

If the Patriots win, Murray says he’ll send Elorza a gift basket with Northwest alder-smoked salmon from Pure Food Fish Market, whole bean coffees from the original Starbucks at Pike Place Market and a giant bag of Skittles.

The Democratic mayors will finalize the details of their Super Bowl XLIX bet in a conference call Friday afternoon.

Elorza is a lawyer, professor and former housing court judge who defeated former Providence Mayor and convicted felon Buddy Cianci in the November election. Murray is a former Washington state lawmaker elected who took office as mayor about a year ago.


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