New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin and Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard have placed a friendly wager over the outcome of the biggest game of the 2010 NFL season, Super Bowl XLIV. For the first time in franchise history, the New Orleans Saints will play in the Super Bowl and will face off with the Indianapolis Colts in next Sunday's game.
"I am extremely proud of the work the Saints have done this year to unify and excite our city," said Mayor Nagin. "I wish the Colts a good, safe game, but I am confident that the Who Dat Nation will come home with a win."
Mayor Ballard waged a package of St. Elmo's Shrimp Cocktail, 10 dozen cookies from IndyAnna's Catering, a platter from Judges BBQ and two dozen tenderloins from Mug 'N' Bun to send to New Orleans if the Saints win. Mayor Nagin's wager includes two CDs -- one jazz and one brass band; Mardi Gras beads; beignet mix and chicory coffee from Café du Monde; rice, seasonings and other goods from Zatarain's; king cake from Adrian's Bakery; pralines from Loretta's Pralines; paraphernalia from the Krewe of Zulu; and the limited production WHO DAT! PRIVATE LABEL COFFEE from State Street Coffee.
Each Mayor is very confident that his team will bring the Super Bowl victory home, crowing them as the best team in the nation.
"The Saints may come marching in to Miami looking for a win," declared Mayor Ballard. "But it'll be the Indianapolis Colts who will get to hoist yet another Vince Lombardi trophy."
"Even though our own Peyton Manning will be on the opposing team, we know that Sean Payton and Drew Brees and the other hard-working Saints will bring the trophy home to the Who Dat Nation," said Mayor Nagin. "Everyone in our city and beyond are rooting the Saints on and we know Miami will never be the same once we are crowed the NFL champions. Saints fans plan to take over South Florida and those that stay home will party through the night in celebration of a great season and a truly triumphant team. Geaux Saints - this is our year!"