When Bad Bets Happen to Good Mayors

I teach leaders of the Super Bowl cities how to gamble on the game

Illustration by Tomasz Walenta for TIME; Foam Hands: Corbis

There are many reasons i should not be mayor of a major city, like my tendency--in even minor tense situations--to overuse the Bat-Signal. But I would be great at the betting part. Even though mayor is the only job besides Fed chairman in which idiotic gambling is encouraged, mayors don't take it seriously enough. Every year, the mayors of the teams competing in the Super Bowl make some lame bet like sending local delicacies. That's not how you bet on football. That's how you bet on yoga. The Super Bowl requires a mayors' bet with trash-talking, end-zone taunting and wardrobe malfunctions.


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