Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Schaaf, Parker offer friendly wager on NBA playoffs

With less than three hours until tip off at Oracle Arena in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, the mayors of Oakland and Houston have placed a friendly wager on the series.

(Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

(Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

According to a news release from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s office, she and her Houston counterpart, out Mayor Annise Parker, spoke by phone Tuesday afternoon to outline the terms of the bet.

“All of DubNation is ready for this exciting series to kick off tonight in Oakland,” said Schaaf. “Between our amazing fans and our diverse local businesses, these games offer a great opportunity to showcase the best of what Oakland has to offer. We know this Warriors team has what it takes to bring an NBA championship home to Oakland. I expect to have a selfie from Mayor Parker in my inbox soon.”

(Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

(Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

If the Warriors win: Parker has pledged to take a selfie at an upcoming Houston City Council meeting in Warriors gear and a mouthguard à la Warriors guard Steph Curry. Parker will also send Schaaf Rocket Fuel craft beer from Houston’s 8th Wonder Brewery and ribs from Ray’s Real Pit BBQ.

If the Rockets win: Schaaf has pledged to take a selfie in Rockets gear at her office in Oakland City Hall. Schaaf will also send Parker a batch of local Oakland products such as Red Bay and Peerless Coffee, a water garden from Back to the Roots, a chocolate banana cream pie from PieTisserie, and a sample pack of BBQ sauces from Oakland’s own Everett and Jones.

Adding excitement to the best-of-seven series is the fact that Curry edged out the Rockets’ James Harden in the 2015 MVP voting.

— Cynthia Laird, May 19, 2015 @ 3:11 pm PST
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