San Francisco Mayor traveling to Baltimore to make good on lost Super Bowl bet

The Baltimore Sun

Fulfilling a bet he lost on Super Bowl XLVII, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee is traveling to Baltimore on Friday.

The terms of the bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: a day of service in Baltimore City.

The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Mayor Lee is tasked with revitalizing vacant lots, renovating a police station and reading to elementary school students.

Friday morning, Lee will accompany Rawlings-Blake to Faidley's to learn how to make a crab cake sandwich. They'll be accompanied by Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Joe Briggs of the NFL Players Association, San Francisco 49ers linebacker and Maryland native Navarro Bowman and AmeriCorps members.

"We agreed to a Super Bowl wager that would highlight the strengths and spirit of our respective cities,"  Rawlings-Blake said. "Because the Ravens won the Super Bowl, we have an opportunity to share with the world some of our best food, and the great work AmeriCorps members are doing in our communities."

Lee will also work at a vacant lot through Baltimore's Power in Dirt initiative, take part in a tutoring session as part of Rawlings-Blake's Third Grade Reads program as well as painting and repairing a police station.

“Although I do wish the Super Bowl resulted in a San Francisco 49ers victory and had required Mayor Rawlings-Blake to visit San Francisco, I look forward to cracking some Baltimore crab and joining AmeriCorps in the Service Bowl,” Lee said. “I believe this day of education and service will strengthen the relationship between our two cities and promote a call of service to our communities.”

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