Denver, San Diego mayors bet food on Broncos-Chargers AFC divisional playoff game

SAN DIEGO - Mexican food and chili will be the prizes in a wager between the mayors of San Diego and Denver when the Chargers meet the Broncos in the National Football League playoffs on Sunday.

Gloria said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will send him the Mile High City's best green chili if the Chargers win.

If the Broncos prevail, Gloria will deliver burritos from Ortiz’s Taco Shop in Ocean Beach, carne asada fries from Lolita’s Taco Shop in Kearny Mesa and deep-fried catfish tacos from Mama Testa Taqueria in Hillcrest.

"Last week I bet some of our city's finest craft beers," Gloria said. "This week I'm betting some of our tastiest Mexican food. Given my certainty that we won't have to pay this bet, I urge Mayor Hancock to try these dishes the next time he visits our great city."

San Diego has been energized by the Chargers' five-game winning streak that propelled them into the playoffs, where they routed the Bengals, 27-10, in Cincinnati.

Gloria is set to receive from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley food samples from three Queen City-based chains -- Gold Star Chili, Graeter's Ice Cream and Montgomery Inn barbecue.

Meanwhile, Gloria and Dianne Jacob, chairwoman of the county Board of Supervisors, urged residents to wear Chargers blue and gold on Friday.

"It's time to wear our pride on our sleeves and show the Chargers that we share their fighting spirit," said Jacob, a longtime season ticket-holder. "Denver is about to get a big jolt from the Bolt."

She wore a Chargers' jersey to work Tuesday.

Gloria previously issued a call for city employees to support the team by wearing Chargers gear or Chargers colors to work on Friday.

"The Chargers are on a roll and I'm betting they roll right through Denver and on to the AFC championship game," Gloria said. "I'm feeling confident that my Chargers blue-and-yellow tie is going to get plenty of extra use the next few weeks. Good luck, Bolts!"

Also, the new Central Library dome will be lighted in Charger Blue and Gold until 11 p.m.

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