Let’s just say that what you really want is to put yourself on the opposite side of a business negotiation with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, because you’re going to roll him like a drunk on Camp Street.
Seriously. It takes almost no skill to do that, as Minneapolis’ mayor Jacob Frey found out today.
Landrieu and Frey made the typical bet on the Saints-Vikings game that politicians make, which is almost always a reflection of politicians bragging on their local commerce. As an example, for last year’s Super Bowl Massachusetts’ governor Charlie Baker put up Koffee Kup’s lucky cupcakes and Legal Sea Foods clam chowder as an ante for the Patriots’ side of the bet, while Georgia governor Nathan Deal countered with Brunswick Stew from Fresh Air BBQ and chocolate-covered blueberries from Byne Blueberry.
So obviously there would be a local New Orleans thing getting put up against a local Minneapolis thing in advance of this weekend’s Saints-Vikings tilt. And yeah, Minneapolis would be getting the better end of that deal, because what are they going to offer New Orleans for that bet? Snow? Somali cab drivers? Garrison Keilor DVD’s?
Landrieu put up king cakes from Manny Randazzo’s.
— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) January 11, 2018
Fair enough – there is a significant body of thought to the effect that Randazzo’s makes the best king cake on the market, and if that’s not exactly true it’s awfully close. As Minnesota produces no tangible cultural item even remotely competitive with even a Rouse’s king cake, an even bet isn’t particularly possible.
So this is what Frey responded with…
13-3 @MayorLandrieu A Saints W is less likely than MPLS breaking 50 degrees on Sunday. You got a deal. We’ll put up some Minnesota-harvested wild rice. The #BoldNorth thanks you in advance for the generosity. https://t.co/1hpa2Epyx1
— Jacob Frey (@Jacob_Frey) January 11, 2018
He’s sending Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, rice.
Louisiana has more rice than China and he’s sending…rice.
So far, we’ve not seen a reaction from Landrieu to getting taken to the cleaners by the mayor of Minneapolis. All we can say is that if this is the best he can do on a Saints-Vikings bet, he’d better rethink his over-the-top 2020 presidential ambitions. Can you imagine this yutz in trade negotiations with Japan or China?