Baltimore-San Francisco book smackdown for Super Bowl


January 31, 2013|By Dave Rosenthal | The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library wants in on the Super Bowl betting action -- with a book-lover's slant.

It has offered this challenge: If the Ravens win Sunday, San Francisco Public Library City Librarian Luis Herrera will have to recite Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” in the atrium of the main library wearing a Ravens jersey.

If the 49ers win -- nooooooooooo! -- Pratt CEO Carla Hayden will recite George Sterling’s “The Cool, Grey City of Love” in the main hall of the central library wearing a 49ers jersey.

The loser will also have to post a video of the reading on YouTube.

"We are confident that the Ravens will win on Sunday and SFPL's Luis Herrera should be shopping for a Ravens jersey now and practicing reciting The Raven," Hayden said on the Pratt's website. "This bet allows us to support our home town teams, spotlight our library systems and showcase Baltimore and San Francisco's literary side. But we know come Sunday night, purple will prevail."

Beware Frisco! (Sorry if you hate that nickname.) Don't forget the playoff bet that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock lost -- he had to perform Ray Lewis' pre-game dance. Actually, he's not half-bad, as you can see in his YouTube video.

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