It’s not unusual for politicians to make Super Bowls bets, but gay men’s choruses?
Yes, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is challenging Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus to put their vocal talents on the line. The wager works this way: If the Pats beat the Eagles, the PGMC has to sing the Dave Loggins composition “Please Come to Boston” and post it on the BGMC’s YouTube page. In the unlikely event the Eagles win, the BGMC has agreed to perform “Philadelphia Freedom” and post it online.
“We were delighted to accept this challenge from the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus,” Joseph Buches, artistic director of the PGMC, said. “Nick Foles is young and healthy, unlike New England’s quarterback, whose name escapes me. We’re confident that we’ll emerge the winner of this contest.”
Said Craig Coogan, BGMC’s executive director: “The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus is a talented ensemble, but our football team is better than theirs.”
Of course, there are a lot of friendly Super Bowl wagers. For example, the Betsy Ross House, which is located in Philly, is picking the Eagles in a bet with the Old North Church & Historic Site. If Foles and the Eagles win, the Old North Church will raise a 13-star flag, known as the Betsy Ross flag, on its site. And if the Pats win, the Betsy Ross House will hang two lanterns representing the signal that warned of the Redcoats’ raid on Concord, leading to the Battle of Lexington and Concord and the beginning of the American Revolution.
“Wait a minute, I thought Betsy Ross was a patriot,” said Steve Ayres, executive director of the Old North Foundation, when the bet was first suggested.