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Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh mayors put beer, cash and their own pride on the line in Lightning-Penguins bet

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, fan.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, fan.

Cases of craft beer and donations to veterans' charities are the stakes in a mayors' bet on the outcome of the Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

If the Lightning wins the NHL's Eastern Conference finals, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will send East End Brewing Co. beer to his bay area counterparts and make a $1,000 donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

If the Penguins win, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will send a case of beer from Cigar City Brewing, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will send a case from the St. Pete Brewing Co. to Peduto. They will contribute $1,000 to the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania.

The losing mayor (or mayors) also will have to wear the jersey of the opposing team on the day after the final game and, as the crowning indignity, post a photo to social media.

"I will take the Lightning over the Pens and palm trees over pierogies any day," Buckhorn said.

Said Peduto, "you are likely to leave the black and gold city of bridges the way you came in, black and blue."

[Last modified: Friday, May 13, 2016 2:18pm]


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