It looked as if all bets were off when Gov. Ed Rendell tried to make a wager with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over the outcome of the Philadelphia
Eagles-New England Patriots matchup Feb. 6 in the Super Bowl.
The former Philadelphia mayor, who is an avid Eagles fan and part-time broadcaster for Comcast SportsNet, offered his customary ante of a Philly
cheesesteak in the event the Eagles lost, but was rebuffed by Romney.
''He said the cheesesteak didn't have nutritional value of any kind,'' Rendell said Wednesday following a news conference in Bethlehem Town Hall.
So the governors hit upon a nutrition-neutral agreement.
If the Eagles win, Romney will go to Philadelphia to watch the 76ers play the Boston Celtics in a basketball game.
The catch is that Romney will have to wear an Eagles jacket and sing the national anthem before the start of the game.
If the Patriots win, Rendell will travel to the Fleet Center in Boston for a Sixers-Celtics matchup and wear a New England Patriots jacket.
Rendell passed on singing the national anthem, though, saying he isn't much of a crooner. ''I sing like a dead cat,'' he said.
Instead, his wife, Midge, will serenade the crowd.
But Rendell said he isn't concerned. ''We're not buying any plane tickets yet,'' he said.
Not surprising that Rendell's first pick was to wager food, given his renown for grazing.
So there was a moment of levity during the news conference when state Sen. Lisa Boscola presented Rendell a bag of gourmet football-shaped, green
Eagles doggie treats for his golden retrievers, Mandy and Ginger.
The less-than-svelte Rendell appreciatively accepted the present.
''This is the best gift I've gotten in recent memory, because people are always giving me food,'' he said. ''This is the first gift in a very long
time that I will not eat.''