The Los Angeles Kings may have closed out the New York Rangers in five games to win the Stanley Cup, but apparently the series isn’t over until the mayor of New York sings.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled to perform a rendition of the Randy Newman anthem, "I Love L.A.," on an upcoming episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” because of a bet made with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti over the results of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Another stipulation of the bet means de Blasio also has to supply the Jimmy Kimmel audience with hot dogs from New York’s famed “Gray's Papaya.”
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If the Rangers would have won, Garcetti would have had to perform the Frank Sinatra classic “New York, New York,” on the late night talk show and provide franks from Los Angeles icon “Pink’s Hot Dogs.”
The wager between the two mayors is only one of a string of cross-country challenges put forward by luminaries of California and New York. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton offered deli sandwiches to the winner of their bet.
The governors of the two states also made a wager for similarly delicious stakes.
California Gov. Jerry Brown bet a box of rice cakes and a California history book, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put up a “Taste of New York” gift basket and a commemorative hockey puck.