Governors make friendly wager over Super Bowl LII

By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]
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Scrapple, pizza, clam chowder and apple cider doughnuts are a few of the items being wagered by the governors of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts on this Sunday’s Super Bowl LII.

And through it all, the state Capitol will remain lit green through the weekend in support of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday announced a friendly wager with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on the Super Bowl LII match-up between the Eagles and the New England Patriots. Wolf wagered several of Philly’s iconic foods.

“Over the last year, the Eagles have battled adversity and inspired millions of fans, both on and off the field,” Wolf said in a news release. “I am putting some of my Philly favorites and Philly’s finest and most iconic food items on the line, but look forward to Gov. Baker sending some Massachusetts foods to Pennsylvania.”

Wolf went on to say that he is proud of the “work, determination and Pennsylvania grit” that the Eagles have displayed all season.

”I look forward to rooting them on to victory in Minnesota,” Wolf said. “Thankfully, all Pennsylvanians can unite in one thing this weekend — rooting for a Patriots’ loss.”

Wolf’s “Philly favorites” wager includes:

• Soup from Rooster Soup Co., a luncheonette that gives 100 percent of its profits to support vulnerable Philadelphians through Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative.

• Scrapple from the Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia’s iconic breakfast offering from its legendary food marketplace, which celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018.

• Coffee from La Colombe, one of the world’s premier coffee roasters and boutique cafes based in Philadelphia.

• Doughnuts from Federal Donuts, a destination for doughnuts and fried chicken, which this week unveiled an Eagles-themed doughnut benefiting Philadelphia schools.

• Donated pizza slices at Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, a pay-it-forward pizzeria that provides hundreds of meals per week to homeless Philadelphians.

Gov. Baker’s wager includes clam chowder from Legal’s Seafood in Boston; Craisins from Ocean Spray in Middleborough; apple cider doughnuts from Smolak Farms in North Andover; apple pie, chicken pot pie and maple syrup from Hollis Hills Farms in Fitchburg; Grillo’s Pickles from Needham; and cupcakes and lemon squares from Koffee Kup Bakery in Springfield.

“We are proud to have another opportunity to offer up some of Massachusetts’ finest local products for a good cause and look forward to the Pats bringing home another Super Bowl win,” Baker said.

The governors agreed to donate the winnings to a local food pantry of their choice.



By Bill O’Boyle

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Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

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