by Danny Cross
Posted In: Basketball
at 09:25 AM | Permalink
Hometown favorites at stake when Bearcats and Buckeyes meet in the Sweet 16
of Cincinnati basketball players might not know that much about the
history between their program and that of Ohio State University, but
Cincinnati's mayor just added another level to the stakes for
tonight’s game. Mayor Mark Mallory and Columbus Mayor Michael B.
Coleman have made a friendly bet on the outcome, putting each city’s
hometown ice cream on the line.
Ohio State wins the game — which will take place 9:45 p.m. tonight
in Boston — Mallory will send a shipment of Graeter’s to
Columbus. Should UC beat OSU and advance to the Elite 8, Coleman will
send some of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to Cincinnati.
has offered supreme confidence that the 6-seeded Bearcats will take
down the 2-seed Buckeyes.
Cincinnati Bearcats are a great source of pride for the entire city.
I’m confident that UC will prevail and march on to the Elite 8,”
Mallory said in a news release. “I just hope Mayor Coleman sends
enough Jeni’s Ice cream for the entire team.”
offered the initial wager, Coleman reportedly slammed down his OSU
travel coffee mug, then paused to reflect on the heartbreak Buckeye
fans felt back in 1961 when UC upset the favored Buckeyes to win the
NCAA championship and then defeated OSU in the title game again in
1962. (Just kidding, Coleman was also gracious and nice, releasing
his own statement.)
want to thank Mayor Mallory for his generous offer of Graeter’s ice
cream on behalf of the Bearcats,” Coleman said. “While I do not
expect it to be as sweet as the Buckeyes’ victory Thursday night,
I’m sure it will be delicious. In fact, I’ll be happy to share
some with Mayor Mallory if he’d like to join me next week rooting
on the Buckeyes in the Final Four.