Denver mayor agrees to perform Ray Lewis dance if Ravens win

As part of bet, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake agrees to light Washington Monument in blue and orange should Broncos win

January 11, 2013|By Luke Broadwater | The Baltimore Sun

Can Denver Mayor Michael Hancock bust a move? 

After tomorrow night, he might be forced to. 

In a bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Hancock promised to perform star Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' famous pre-game dance in the event of a Baltimore playoff victory Saturday night. 

For her part, Rawlings-Blake said she will light Baltimore’s historic Washington Monument in blue and orange Broncos colors should the Peyton Manning-led Denver squad emerge victorious. 

The two mayors also placed some of the cities' signature dishes on the line. If the Broncos win, Rawlings-Blake agreed to send to Denver a platter of broiled crab cakes from J. W. Faidley Seafood in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market. Should Baltimore prevail, Hancock agreed to send east a box of dry aged “cowboy cut” rib eye steaks from Lombardi Brothers Meats.

"This is, of course, Ray Lewis’ final post-season as a Raven. He and his teammates are playing with a renewed sense of camaraderie and urgency, which the Denver Broncos will be unable to match,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. 

"The road to the Super Bowl runs right through Denver, and I can’t think of a better city to host Ray Lewis’ last game of his acclaimed career," countered Hancock. 

The two mayors placed the wager during a phone call Friday afternoon. The Ravens (11-6) face the host Broncos (13-3) at 4:30 p.m. for a chance to advance to the AFC championship game. 

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