Friendly Wager between Mayors

    Aug. 31, 2011

    FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin agreed Wednesday to a pair of friendly wagers with Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee on the 2011 college football season-opening game between Fresno State and the University of California at Berkeley in the TicketCity Battle by the Bay Saturday at Candlestick Park.

    Mayors Bates and Swearengin agreed that the losing team's mayor will wear the opponent's jersey for a full day.

    "The citizens of Berkeley can expect to be seeing red at City Hall - at least for a day -- after Fresno State defeats Cal on Saturday," Mayor Swearengin said. "I'm sure Mayor Bates will look great in Bulldog red and white. Go Bulldogs!"

    "I'm looking forward to the season opener between the Cal Bears and Fresno State Bulldogs," Mayor Bates said. "I can't wait to see Mayor Swearengin dressed in blue and gold. Go Bears!"

    Mayors Lee and Swearengin agreed that the office of the winning teams mayor will receive a package of the losing city mayor's best treats and drinks. If the Cal Bears win, Mayor Swearengin will send award-winning Fresno State wine and other Fresno State products such as olive oil, nuts, fruits and vegetables. If the Fresno State Bulldogs win, Mayor Lee will send Dungeness crab from Fisherman's Wharf, Anchor Steam beer, Ghirardelli chocolates and Philz coffee.

    "Everyone knows that Fresno State and the Fresno area are home to the world's best food products," said Mayor Swearengin. "We enjoy that bounty on a daily basis , but nothing will top the sweet taste of victory we're going to experience Saturday when the Fresno State Bulldogs beat the Cal Bears. I'm looking forward to winning the bet with Mayor Lee and feasting on some of the finest food and drink that San Francisco has to offer."

    "Like all proud Cal alumni, I'll be rooting for the Bears to defeat the Bulldogs in an exciting game this Saturday," said Mayor Lee. "I'll proudly enjoy Fresno's best treats and drinks when we win our friendly bet with Mayor Swearengin. GO BEARS!"



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    "We Are Your Team!" - Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale, with six great home games on the slate in 2011. Tickets are available through the Bulldog Ticket Office by calling 559-278-DOGS (3647) or visiting You can always stay connected with Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@FSAthletics).

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