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In wager between mayors, Menino won’t ‘Tebow’

Mayor Thomas M. Menino hiosted a lunch for Cathedral High School football players and cheerleaders last month in Boston, after the team lost at the state Super Bowl due to a controversial call.Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff/File 2011

As the Patriots gear up to face the Denver Broncos, Mayor Thomas Menino is betting on a New England victory.

Menino told reporters Thursday morning that he and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock are going to work out a wager later in the day over Saturday night’s game at Gillette Stadium.

“He wants me to do the Tebow expression. I do that every Sunday in church,” said Menino, referring to Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow’s habit of taking to one knee to pray after big plays.

Instead, Menino was thinking about offering a sample of local beer.

“We have the best. I mean, you know, Colorado beer? It hasn’t even made it east yet. Sam Adams has made it to the west and Harpoon has made it out there, but Colorado Rocky beer? Uck,” Menino said.


But Menino was confident he wouldn’t have to give away any Boston brews, saying Denver’s game is about as weak as its beer.

“We have Tom Brady who is true and has a veteran’s technique of how to get through these difficult games,” said Menino, adding that Brady was not the team’s only asset.

“We have a team. It’s not one player. That’s what the difference in this game .. will be. We have a team; they have one player who wants to pray,” he said.

Menino was quick to say that there was nothing wrong with Tebow’s praying and that he prays himself nearly every day, but said “when you get on the field it’s about who gets the plays and who gets them executed.”

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