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Mayor to make good on bet with NYC mayor

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Expect to see a strangely decorated San Francisco cable car come Super Bowl Sunday.

Earlier this month, Mayor Ed Lee and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg placed a friendly wager over the NFC Championship game between their respective teams.

Because the San Francisco 49ers fell to the New York Giants on Sunday, Lee will have to make good on his promise to outfit a Powell Street cable car in blue and red flags in honor of the Giants.

Lee also agreed to provide Boudin sourdough bread to Bloomberg in the event of a 49ers loss.

Standing outside of Brenda's, a Creole diner on Polk Street that dishes out French-inspired soul food, Lee said this morning that he was reminded of better times, referring to when the 49ers beat the New Orleans Saints the previous weekend.

"Being here with the New Orleans flavor captures that other playoff," he said of the 49ers' 36-32 win on Jan. 14.

Lee had been at the restaurant for an unrelated news conference to announce funding for small business loans.

A spokesman from Lee's office said that they would be sending the bread to New York sometime this week and plan to decorate the cable car for the Super Bowl.

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