On Wednesday, Mayor Tom Menino dished out a good-hearted grub challenge with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, over the phone, ahead of the AFC Championship Game between the rival teams.
Donning a Patriots jersey, Menino jokingly took jabs at the Baltimore official, calling her out after Menino won a similar food-based wager last year following a Patriots 2012 AFC Championship win against the Ravens.
The result of that wager, dubbed “The Clash of the Crustaceans,” led to Menino getting his hands on some broiled crab cakes from Maryland’s J.W. Faidley Seafood.
Not to mention, Menino earned the bragging rights and accolades for his hometown team taking the championship title.
“I’m ready to eat those crab cakes again and again,” Menino said Wednesday, before rattling off the list of foods Boston would send to Baltimore in the off-chance New England bows to the Ravens.
“This is an important bet,” Menino said. “Last year, I won it, and they were the best crab cakes I ever ate.”
Rawlings-Blake told the Hub mayor that it was her desire to make sure Menino “[doesn’t] have another taste of Baltimore crab cakes.”
“May the best woman win,” Rawlings-Blake said before the pair hung up the phone.
Menino responded by calling the Baltimore representative “a fresh woman.”
If New England wins Sunday, Baltimore will have to ship several accouterments to the Hub, including the city’s coveted crab cakes, fruit salad, Berger cookies, and stuffed cabbage—something Menino scoffed at and said he would give to friends.
If New England loses, however, Menino said he would send Rawlings-Blake local seafood from Red’s Best Seafood, spicy fare from CropCircle Kitchen and Alex’s Ugly Hot Sauce, along with several other samplings from the city.
“I’m only saying these things,” Menino said, reading the list of foods aloud. “You’ll never get to see them.”
Menino is known for placing food on the line and taking jabs at other city mayors across the country during football season.
Prior to the Patriots win in 2012 against the Ravens, Menino took on Denver Mayor Michael Hancock during a game against the Broncos.
Then, when the Super Bowl approached, and the Patriots were set to go head-to-head with the New York Giants, Menino challenged New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to a deal.
The Patriots lost, unfortunately, and New York got to send one lucky family on a free trip to Boston to take in “some of the finest amenities and attractions the city has to offer,” according to a press release issued at the time.
Here’s to winning more wages, and hopefully a shot at making it to the Super Bowl, so Massachusetts can enjoy the amenities of other cities.
The Patriots are hosting the Ravens for the AFC Championship game this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.