As the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams prepare for Sunday’s big game, the friendly wagers are flying between their hometowns. We’ll update this list as more come in.
The doughnut wager:
Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts, which has locations in Boston and Saugus, has made a sweet wager with Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee, which has California locations in Costa Mesa, San Diego, and Santa Monica. Kane’s, which is no stranger to Super Bowl wagers, has agreed to give a free doughnut to customers wearing Rams attire if the Patriots lose. Of course, if the Patriots win, customers at Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee wearing Patriots attire will receive a free doughnut. Additionally, the losing shop will have to post a photo in which at least one baker is wearing the winning team’s jersey while making the doughnuts.
The choral wager:
If the Patriots win on Sunday, a chorus in LA will be forced to sing Boston’s praises — literally. The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles have placed a singing bet on the game. If the Pats prove victorious, the LA Chorus has agreed to perform “Please Come to Boston” by Dave Loggins. If not, BGMC will perform Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” Both choruses will make their performances available online. The losing city’s chorus also will make a donation to GALA Choruses, an international association of LGBT choruses.
This isn’t the first time a Boston/Los Angeles challenge has been thrown down between the two choral organizations. When the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles had to sing “Sweet Caroline.”
The fire department wager:
Things are heating up between the Boston and Los Angeles fire departments ahead of the big game in a challenge between the fire chiefs. Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn has placed a bet with LA Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, according to a tweet Finn posted on Sunday explaining that the losing team’s firehouse has to display the winning team’s flag at a busy firehouse in the city, as well as on one of the city’s fire engines. Furthermore, the chief in the losing city must wear the winning team’s jersey.
The university food wager:
Normally you wouldn’t expect a fight over who gets to eat dining hall food, but UMass Amherst and UCLA both have nationally recognized culinary programs. According to the dining services’ food wager, UCLA has agreed to send a member of its culinary team to the UMass campus to serve Dodger Dogs, Kogi tacos, tortilla soup, and avocado toast to UMass students if the Pats come out on top. If the Rams beat the Pats, UMass will send one of its top chefs to UCLA to serve New England chowder, a clambake, and Boston cream pie for a dozen diners. North Coast Seafood of Boston and Blount Fine Foods of Fall River are sponsoring the wager.
The beer wager:
Wachusett Brewing Company in Westminster has placed a beer bet with Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne, Calif. If the Patriots win, Common Space will brew and serve a G.O.A.T. Milkshake IPA at its tap room. If LA wins, Wachusett will rename its G.O.A.T. Milk Stout to Ram Milk Stout for the month of February. The losing brewery also will donate money to the winning brewery’s preferred charity. Wachusett Brewing Company has chosen the Ava Roy Fund, a fund set up for the daughter of fallen Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy. Common Space has chosen People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), a nonprofit organization that works to end homelessness by building affordable housing and providing supportive services to the homeless in California.
The public market wager:
The hotel wager:
Local hotel manager Joe Capalbo headed to a goat (GOAT?) farm to issue this doozy of a challenge: If the Rams win on Sunday, Capalbo, who’s the area director of operations for Kimpton Hotels of New England and general manager of Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge, will have to serve avocados and avocado chips along with wine from Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma during his nightly wine reception for guests for a week. He’ll have to do a shot of Hotel California tequila and also take selfies of himself in a Dodge Ram truck in front of the three greater Boston Kimpton hotels — Kimpton Marlowe in Cambridge, and Kimpton Nine Zero and Kimpton Onyx, both in Boston. And Capalbo’s team will have to welcome guests while wearing Rams gear for a week and also stretch out like the Los Angeles Rams by following along to a team workout video.
However, if the Patriots take the trophy, Nick Remedio, general manager of Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, has agreed to serve goat cheese from Dancing Goats Dairy at Lillooet Sheep & Cheesery in Boxford and Love My Goat wine made by Bully Hill Vineyards in New York during his hotel’s nightly wine reception for guests for a week, and bring in a live goat to one of the receptions. The front desk staff at the hotel will have to wear Tom Brady jerseys while checking in guests for a week and also take a goat yoga class wearing Patriots gear.