There will be no cross-country food bet this year.
Gov. Charlie Baker is instead putting his and his staff’s time on the line in a Super Bowl wager with his California counterpart, Gov. Gavin Newsom.
If the Los Angeles Rams pull off an upset over the New England Patriots this Sunday, the Massachusetts governor and his staff will volunteer at a local charity. And likewise, should the Patriots win, Newsom says he and his staff will spend time volunteering at a local California charity.
The bet, which Baker’s office announced Friday afternoon, did not specify the amount of time either side would volunteer. And while it may be a “friendly wager,” the newly sworn-in California governor had some fighting words for the “good people” of Massachusetts.
“I have great respect for Governor Baker and the people of Massachusetts,” Newsom said in a statement.
“Our states have so much in common,” the Golden State Democrat continued. “But by the time the game is over on Sunday I’m confident that Sean McVay and the Rams will have the good people of the Commonwealth crying in their chowder.”
In his own respective statement, Baker kept things relatively cordial — and snuck in a few recent additions to the Patriots’ bag of slogans.
“Contrary to popular belief, the New England Patriots are still here and heading to their third straight Super Bowl to give the Rams everything they’ve got,” said the Republican governor.
“We look forward to watching the G.O.A.T., Tom Brady, get his sixth ring, and to a local California charity reaping the benefits of yet another championship for New England,” he added.
The bicoastal wager appears to have come together at the last minute. Baker, who’s headed to Atlanta to go to the Super Bowl this weekend, told reporters Wednesday that he had reached out to Newsom but hadn’t heard back yet.
“New governor. He may be busy,” he said.
Still, Baker was as confident as anyone about the outcome of the game.
“The New England Patriots are going to win,” he said. “That’s my Super Bowl prediction. I don’t know by how much. I don’t know how. I don’t know what the score’s going to be. But they’re going to win.”