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Tampa’s Bob Buckhorn & Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel bet on Stanley Cup

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It’s an age-old tradition, and Bob Buckhorn and Rahm Emanuel are following suit.

The respective mayors of Tampa and Chicago are making a bet on the results of the Stanley Cup, the National Hockey League championship that faces off tomorrow evening between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning from Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Buckhorn is putting a case of Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale as well as 122 (mini) Cuban sandwiches and the Original “1905” Salad from the Columbia Restaurant against Chicago’s 122 slices of Eli’s cheesecake, a case of craft beer from Slap Shot Brewing, a mustard fried catfish and peach cobbler from BJ’s Market and Giordano’s best deep-dish.

“Tampa is electrified with excitement for our Tampa Bay Lightning. All season long, the team has made us proud, and they have what it takes to bring the Stanley Cup back to Tampa Bay,” said Buckhorn in a statement.  “I’ve offered up to send some of Tampa’s best beer and best food to Mayor Emanuel should the Lightning not prevail, but candidly, my staff is already looking forward to enjoying Chicago pizza and cheesecake.”

In addition to the food and drink, the two Democrats have agreed to also make a contribution to an organization of the winning mayor’s choice. Mayor Emanuel has chosen Becoming A Man — BAM — an organization for at-risk young men in grades 7 through 12. Mayor Buckhorn has selected the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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