While hearts are still broken all over the state following the Denver Broncos loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is hurting for a different reason.
When the Broncos lost Sunday in double-overtime, Hancock also lost a bet with the Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and was going to have to perform linebacker Ray Lewis' famous pre-game dance.
Well, it ain't happening. Not because Hancock is welching on the bet, but because he hurt himself Monday evening.
The mayor's spokeswoman Amber Miller joked that he was hurt "during pre-game warm-ups." Hancock is "expected to be on the field in the second half, ready to carry out the game plan and fulfill his end of the wager."
In fact, Hancock was at the Citizen of the West dinner at the National Western Stock Show Monday night when he caught his boot and seriously strained his right quadriceps, Miller explained later on Tuesday. "Our mayor is headed to the doctor now to find out when he will make a recovery and be able to fulfill his bet with Baltimore."
Had the Broncos prevailed, Rawlings-Blake said the Washington Monument would be lit in blue and orange Broncos colors.
Food was also on the line. Hancock agreed to send a box of dry aged "cowboy cut" rib-eye steaks from Lombardi Brothers Meats.
Rawlings-Blake would have had to send a platter of broiled crab cakes from J. W. Faidley Seafood in Baltimore's historic Lexington Market.
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