Recently, Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Jay Nixon of Missouri announced their 2015 World Series wager: If the Mets win, Nixon will send Cuomo ribs from Kansas City’s Gates BBQ; if the Royals win, Cuomo will send Nixon a selection of New York specialties like bagels from Jrs Bagel Factory in Queens, wing sauce from Buffalo’s Anchor Bar, and a few bottles of local craft spirits and beers, like Hudson Maple Cask Rye and Southern Tier’s Pumking. It’s the latest in a short but interesting history of politicians betting on sports with food.
While we can’t pinpoint the first-ever food-based sports bet between politicians, we do know that, according to the New York Times, the tradition really started to gain in popularity and coverage during the 1990s. Here, some of the more notable food bets made by politicians over the years.
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2014 Stanley Cup
New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings
This year’s World Series isn’t the first time Cuomo has wagered Anchor Bar’s wing sauce. Last year, he bet the sauce along with some other foods that the Rangers would win the Stanley Cup. California Governor Jerry Brown retaliated by betting lightly salted, hockey-puck-esque organic brown rice cakes.