The media are wasting no time calling a game misconduct on California Governor Jerry Brown for promising to shower his Empire State counterpart with rice cakes (and a book) should the Rangers win the Stanley Cup. Maybe it’s just Brown’s crafty way to de-incentivize the LA Kings’ 2014 opponents.
Jimmy Traina, who compiles the daily MSN/Fox Sports’ Big Buzz feature, headlines the Brown-Andrew Cuomo Stanley Cup wager as the “worst sports bet ever.” He links to a WSJ “Metropolis” item that, though not quite as emphatic, basically agrees that Brown’s response to Cuomo’s much richer half is egregious:
It wasn’t immediately clear why Cuomo agreed to such a lopsided wager, but perhaps he was convinced of the Rangers’ likely victory by that team’s super-fan, state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who not only regularly brings along fellow lawmakers to Rangers games but has been known to interject stories about his fondness for the team into question-and-answer sessions with reporters concerning legislative business.
And it could be that Cuomo has also received some insight into the hockey matchup by a lifelong fan of the game, the governor’s former top aide, Steven M. Cohen, who plays on an amateur over-40 team that won the gold medal at last year’s Maccabiah Games.
Should the Kings win, no rice cakes for them. Instead, thanks to Cuomo and his staff, there will be a bounty of Long Island oysters, pure maple syrup from Clinton County’s Parker Family Maple Farm, red-velvet cupcakes from Harlem bakery Make My Cake and more.
P.S. In terms of separate, Stanley Cup Final prop bet action, this one caught our eye:
[Top image via: nhl.com]