South Bend and Tuscaloosa mayors make friendly wager on national title game

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is getting in on the football fun with a friendly wager.

The Notre Dame graduate spoke to the mayor of Tuscaloosa, Alabama Wednesday afternoon. Both of the city leaders are willing to put a couple things on the line to show support for their hometown teams.

After a few minutes on the phone, the mayors settled on the terms of the wager.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will be sending some Alabama ribs to South Bend if the Fighting Irish get the win come January 7.

But, if the Crimson Tide takes it in the national championship, Buttigieg has promised to send Maddox some South Bend chocolate.

Buttigieg got people on his Facebook page to chime in on what the mayors should offer up.

Some suggested things like having the losing mayor sing the winning school fight song, while others hoped to see the Tuscaloosa mayor have to dress up like the Notre Dame leprechaun.

"There were all kinds of interesting suggestions," Buttigieg said. "Some of them involved the mayors dressing up in various ways. Neither of us was quite as excited about those as the food related ones."

And with the game less than a month away, the mayors are ready for a bit of rivalry.

"I'm looking forward to having a taste of his Alabama ribs," Buttigieg said. "Maybe I'll send the chocolates anyway after we win so he knows how good they are."

Each mayor also agreed to donate to a local charity for the winning city.


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