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If this keeps up, the betting between mayors will soon begin in the preseason.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino will make another friendly wager today on the fortunes of the New England Patriots. This time, Menino will bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, whose Ravens play the Patriots in the AFC Championship on Sunday.

Bets between mayors and governors of opposing cities were once reserved for Super Bowl and the World Series, but this year the genial gambling started early.

Last week for the second round of the National Football League playoffs, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock pushed for an ill-fated bet with Menino. The Patriots won 45-10. After the loss, Hancock made good on the wager and wore a Patriots jersey to a Denver Nuggets basketball game.


Menino is flying to Washington D.C. today for a mayors conference, where he plans to meet with Rawlings-Blake to discuss the bet. Menino plans to ante local lobsters. Rawlings-Blake will counter will crab cakes from J.W. Faidley seafood market.

The kicker: Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce has dubbed it, “The Clash of the Crustaceans.”