BOSTON - The tradition of friendly wagers between competing cities is heating up this year and communities all over New England are squaring off over goods from Pennsylvania communities.
A pair of communities in Pennsylvania and Maine are looking to get a bit more Bangor for their buck out of the game.
The mayors of Bangor, Maine, and Bangor, Pennsylvania, are placing a wager on the game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
Mayor Ben Sprague, of Maine, is placing a host of Maine-centric items on the line, including a box of whoopee pies, a blueberry pie and a collection of books by local resident Stephen King.
Mayor Brooke Kerzner, of Pennsylvania, is placing two slate boards for the game quoits on the line. Quoits is a popular game in Pennsylvania that's similar to horseshoes. Beer, chocolate and coffee are also up for grabs.
Philadelphia's iconic Rocky statue could be forced to sport New England Patriots colors thanks to a wager with the Massachusetts hometown of heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano.
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter said Thursday that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney had agreed to the Rocky vs. Rocky bet.
If Philadelphia wins the big game, Brockton's statue of the undefeated Marciano will be clad in Eagles gear. If New England wins, Philadelphia's Rocky will wear Patriots attire.
In a video posted on Carpenter's Facebook page, Kenney says he can't promise a Patriots jersey would last long in Philadelphia. He joked that the city might have to grease the statue to prevent fans from scaling it to remove the gear.
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