Kansas City Mayor Sly James has made a habit of betting his counterparts over big sporting events. In his eight years in office, James has placed friendly wagers with fellow mayors on NFL playoff games, several World Series, and even the MLS Cup.
So what does he have riding on this weekend’s AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots?
That’s because Boston Mayor Marty Walsh doesn’t do sports wagers anymore — not even if it means a chance at James’s typical wager: Kansas City’s famous barbecue.
The Missouri mayor says he reached out to Walsh about a potential wager, but was rebuffed by his fellow Democrat.
“Marty doesn’t make bets on games because every time Marty makes a bet they lose,” James told reporters in a press conference Thursday, jokingly imitating Walsh’s Boston accent.
“So I tried to talk Marty into making another bet,” he continued. “He wouldn’t do it.”
Indeed, Walsh stopped agreeing to wagers on local teams’ playoff games after losing two consecutive following his first election in 2014.
“Marty Walsh is a good dude,” James said this week. “And if you spend anytime talking to Marty on the phone and trying to interpret what he’s saying to you it’s really kind of interesting. But Marty doesn’t make bets because Marty is superstitious.”
James added that he plans to see Walsh next week during the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting in Washington, D.C., and “have a laugh.”
“I’ll wait and see who’s in the Super Bowl with us, hopefully, and I’ll make a bet with them,” he said.