Rahm Wagers Local Beer, Popcorn with St. Paul Mayor as Hawks Take on Wild

By Alex Parker on May 2, 2014 3:28pm 

 Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa shoots past Marco Scandella of the Minnestoa Wild in an April 3, 2014, game. The Hawks take on the Wild in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa shoots past Marco Scandella of the Minnestoa Wild in an April 3, 2014, game. The Hawks take on the Wild in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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CHICAGO — With the Blackhawks one step closer to repeating as Stanley Cup champs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he's confident the Hawks will not only win their series against the Minnesota Wild, but also win the city some Minnesota loot.

The mayor of St. Paul, Chris Coleman, offered up some local treats before his team takes on the defending champions, prompting Emanuel to counter.

"I am confident the Wild will emerge victorious, and am putting some of my favorite Saint Paul food and drink on the line to prove it," Coleman said, staking a 25-pound Pearson's salted nut roll and a six-pack of locally brewed Summit beer.

"We'll see if Mayor Emanuel has the same level of confidence in his team."

On Facebook, Emanuel's team said he's so confident in the Hawks, he increased the wager.

On the table for Chicago: a barrel of Garrett's popcorn, a six-pack from Half Acre Beer Company and a jar of Chicago-style hot giardiniera.

“I am excited to take part in this wager with our friends from the north. I have full confidence that our mighty Blackhawks will be victorious in this series. In the unlikely case that things don't go our way, I am prepared to send a six-pack of our hoppy pride and joy: Half Acre Daisy Cutter, a barrel of Chicago’s own Garett’s Popcorn, and some of our Chicago-style Giardinera that can spice up any casserole,” said Emanuel.

The Hawks, who dispatched the St. Louis Blues in six games, take on the Wild Friday night at 8:30 at United Center. The Hawks beat the Wild in the first round of last year's playoffs.

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