There’s always plenty of money gambled on the outcome of the Super Bowl — last year’s contest saw nearly $5 billion in bets. But as the Eagles prepare to take on the Patriots this Sunday, there’s more at stake than just cold, hard cash.
We’re talking food. Beer. Candy. Costumes. And most of all, pride.
Everyone from politicians to brewery owners to ice cream makers is getting into the Philly vs. New England spirit, and the wagers they’ve placed range from amusing to adorable to absurd.
Here’s a rundown of everything on the line this year. (Did we miss one? Let us know.)
Who: Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey vs. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey
What’s at stake: Talk about bipartisanship. In this political showdown, the losers will have to send the winners some hometown goods. Casey and Toomey bet Philly cheesesteaks and Yards Brewing Company beer. Warren and Markey put a slew of local beers on the line: Jack’s Abby of Framingham, Notch of Salem, Flying Dreams of Worcester and Cisco of Nantucket.
Who: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter
What’s at stake: This one is the battle of the Rockies. In Brockton — a suburb outside Boston — there’s a 20-foot statue of undefeated heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano. Marciano’s statue will face off against Philly’s famous Rocky Balboa statue on the Art Museum steps (good luck). The losing Rocky will wear the winning team’s jersey. Mayor Kenney also wagered a keg of Yards beer against Brockton’s Rocky Marciano wine.
Who: Philly City Council President Darrell Clark vs. Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell
What’s at stake: These local politicians wagered local eats. Clark bet a bunch of Reading Terminal Market goods, including a butter cake from Flying Monkey Bakery and Philly blend coffee from Old City Coffee. And Campbell risked cannolis from Mike’s Pastry.
Who: Pa. AG Josh Shapiro vs. Mass. AG Maura Healey
What’s at stake: It’s not just pride on the for these attorneys general — it’s apparel. If the Eagles win, Healey has to wear midnight green at her next press conference. If they lose, Shapiro will wear a Tom Brady jersey at his next public event.
Who: Philadelphia Museum of Art vs. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
What’s at stake: The loser has to loan a work of art to the winning museum.
Who: American Philosophical Society vs. Boston’s American Academy of Arts and Sciences
What’s at stake: The loser has to send the winner a special historic artifact. If the Eagles win, Boston will send over a copy of Ben Franklin’s personal manuscripts outlining his experiments with electricity. But if we lose, we owe them John Adams’ personal copy of his book “A Defense of the Constitutions of Government.” The winner gets to display their prize for the public.
Who: Philadelphia Zoo vs. New England Zoo
What’s at stake: The losing zoo has to name its next-born baby goat after the winning team’s quarterback — Foles if the Eagles win, and Brady if the Pats win.
Who: The Philadelphia Orchestra vs. The Boston Symphony Orchestra
What’s at stake: If the Eagles win, Boston’s Music Director Andris Nelsons will wear an Eagles jersey at the podium during one of next week’s rehearsals. If they lose, Philadelphia Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin has to wear a Pats jersey.
Who: Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus vs. Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
What’s at stake: The loser has to perform a song of the winner’s choice. For Philly, that’s Boston’s Gay Men’s Chorus performing a rendition of “Philadelphia Freedom.” If the Eagles lose, Philly’s Gay Men’s Chorus has to perform “Please Come to Boston.” The loser also has to post a video of the performance on its YouTube channel.
Who: Temple vs. UMass
What’s at stake: The loser will have to send some local food the winner’s way, who’ll reciprocate with school swag. If the Eagles take it, UMass Boston will send some New England clam chowder to Temple, and receive some Philly college merch. If the Pats win, Temple will send Tastykakes and Wawa coffee up to UMass.
Who: Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank vs. Boston Federal Reserve Bank
What’s at stake: The losing bank has to serve a staple food from the winning city in its employee cafeteria. If Boston wins, that means Philly will serve New England clam chowder. If the Eagles win, it’s Philly cheesesteaks.
What’s at stake: The losing brewery has to wear the opposing team’s jersey and its signature mask — i.e. the underdog mask from Philadelphia or Boston’s goat mask. Showing some good sportsmanship, both teams will also take donations throughout the week for charities chosen by the opposing team. Boston breweries will send donations to help preserve bald eagles, and Philly breweries will donate to the Freedom Trail (a tour of Boston historic sites).
Who: Yards Brewing vs. Harpoon Brewery
What’s at stake: The loser will have to pour the winner’s beer in its taproom for an entire day, and its staff will be required to wear the winning team’s colors.
Who: Conshohocken Brewing vs. Lord Hobo Brewing
What’s at stake: If the Eagles win, Conshy Brewing Type A will be served in Boston, where staff will wear Eagles gear. If the Pats win, Conshy folks will serve Lord Hobo Glorious and don Pats apparel. A charitable donation will also be made to the winner’s charity of choice.
What’s at stake: Come Monday, the loser has to wear a jersey repping the opposing team. Also, if the Eagles win, Nick Varano of the Boston-based Strip by Strega will ship enough Boston cream pies and lobster rolls for 20 people to P.J. Whelihan’s. If the Pats come out on top, P.J. Whelihan’s founder Bob Platzer will send a Philly-style tailgate up north.
What’s at stake: Their menus. If the Eagles win, Boston’s Best Burger Bar will serve a cheesesteak-style burger the weekend after the Super Bowl. But if the Patriots win, Sketch Burger will have to sell a TB12 Burger (a veggie burger with avocado, Brussels sprouts, hummus, dandelion greens and sweet potato fries).
Who: Bassetts vs. Maple Valley
What’s at stake: The loser has to wear the winning creamery’s t-shirt for two weeks and serve a signature flavor named after the winning team.
Who: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia vs. the Archdiocese of Boston
What’s at stake: Both churches bet $100 in donations to help the poor in the other’s region.
Who: Congregation Rodeph Shalom vs. Boston’s Temple Israel
What’s at stake: The losing synagogue will donate 18 times the point difference in the final score to a charity of the winning synagogue’s choice. For Philly, that’s Philly Youth Basketball. For Boston, that’s the CTE Center at Boston University Medical Center, which conducts research on brain trauma in athletes and military personnel.
Who: Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors vs. Greater Boston ASsociation of Realtors
What’s at stake: If the Patriots win, Philly real estate pros will send cheesesteaks to Boston. If the opposite happens, there’s some New England clam chowder on its way to Philly.
Who: Pennsylvania Association of Realtors vs. Massachusetts Association of Realtors
What’s at stake: Loser will have to make a very public concession speech at the winner’s reception in D.C. this year.
Who: “Betsy Ross” vs. “Paul Revere”
What’s at stake: If the Eagles win, Paul Revere will fly Betsy Ross’s 13-star flag. But if the Patriots win, the Betsy Ross House will hang two lanterns to represent Revere’s ride.
Who: Reserve’s Philly team vs. Reserve’s Boston team
What’s at stake: If the Pats take it, Boston is getting scrapple, soft pretzels, Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, Taylor pork roll and Butterscotch Krimpets. If the Eagles are victorious, Philly will enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts, Irish whiskey, Parliament Lights, Neil Diamond’s Greatest Hits, baked beans and assorted cannoli from Mike’s Pastry.
Bonus round: Bets between the Eagles
Who: Eagles defensive end Chris Long vs. Eagles linebacker coach Ken Flajole
What’s at stake: This one is an all-Eagles bet. In training camp — long before the Eagles had secured their spot in Super Bowl LII — Long promised Flajole that he’d get a tattoo of Flajole’s face on his body if the Eagles won the Super Bowl. Flajole said he’s holding Long to it.