Ray Lewis will play through an injury, but Denver Mayor Michael Hancock isn't about to dance through one.
After losing a bet to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over the outcome of the Ravens-Broncos playoff game, Hancock was supposed to perform Lewis' signature pregame dance Tuesday. Instead, the mayor showed up with a limp.
"He's injured," said Hancock's spokeswoman Amber Miller. "He was at a National Western Stock Show event last night, and he caught his boot. He seriously strained his quad. He's limping a good deal today. He’s hoping for a speedy recovery."
The Ravens defeated the Broncos, 38-35, in an instant classic Saturday night, featuring a last-minute Hail Mary pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to wide receiver Jacoby Jones. Baltimore now advances to play New England for the AFC championship on Sunday.
Miller said Hancock isn't cancelling the dance, just postponing it.
"He’s headed to the doctor," she said. "The mayor’s motto is do it right, not fast."
Due to the loss, Hancock also must now send east a box of dry aged “cowboy cut” rib eye steaks from Lombardi Brothers Meats.
"We’re working on getting the steaks out," Miller said. "We’re cutting the meat."
Rawlings-Blake had promised to light Baltimore’s historic Washington Monument in blue and orange Broncos colors and send to Denver a platter of broiled crab cakes from J. W. Faidley Seafood had the Broncos won.
The Ravens (12-6) will face the host Patriots (13-4) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday for a chance to advance to the Super Bowl.