One of the best parts of playoff seasons in sports is watching officials for a team’s city strike up silly bets. Sometimes it’s for barbecue, but other times, a simple photo rocking the rival team’s gear will do.
Since San Antonio and Houston’s NBA teams met up in the playoffs this month, the the two mayors made a friendly bet that the losing city’s mayor would wear a shirt of the winning city’s team. The police departments in Houston and San Antonio made the same bet.
The Spurs eventually defeated the Rockets 4-2 in their playoff matchup. Former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, who now heads the Houston department, paid up last week.
Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner was a good sport about his bet with San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, posting photos of him wearing a classic George Gervin Spurs jersey, just like Acevedo.
With the Spurs advancing to the Western Conference Finals, Taylor made another bet, this time with Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf. This time around, the loser of the bet will have to wear a shirt or jersey of the winning team during the NBA Finals and send a care package of local goods to the winning city’s mayor.