SAN FRANCISCO—Mayor Edwin Lee has made a friendly wager with the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Patricia D. Cannon, as the San Francisco 49ers will face-off against the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game on Sunday, January 12. The game will take place at the Bank of America Stadium.
In a press release from the Mayor’s Office website, both Mayor Lee and Mayor Cannon will be in Washington D.C.from January 22 to January 24 to mentor young people in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. The event will include several conference activities and meetings with mayors from all over the country. The Mayor of the losing team is expected to wear the colors of their opponent who defeated them. They will also be expected to send a package of local foods to the city of the winning team.
Mayor Lee is betting on the city’s Boudin sourdough bread and Ghiradelli chocolates, while Mayor Cannon is delivering Carolina’s barbeque pulled pork.
“The 49ers are firing on all cylinders – the defense is playing at a whole new level and the offense is really clicking,” said Mayor Lee. “I fully expect to place a Niners cap on Mayor Cannon’s head later this month when we get together to mentor our young people and teach them what it means to share the good values of sportsmanship and leadership.”
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to join Mayor Lee in raising awareness about the need for more mentors,” said Mayor Cannon. “The playoffs represent what happens when you work hard and have good coaching. The same can happen when our youth receive the right coaching through a strong mentoring program.”
This Sunday’s game will be hosted by the Panthers, and both Mayor Lee and Mayor Cannon are advising fans to treat one another with respect. He is asking all citizens of the Bay Area to support the team and participate in watching the game. City Hall will remain lit in Red and Gold to represent the 49ers during the playoff run.
By LaDale Anderson