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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio loses hockey bet, sings 'I Love L.A.'

Bill de Blasio sings Randy Newman's 'I Love L.A.' with kids from the 52nd Street Project

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is a man of his word. Even when it means he has to go on national TV and sing the praises of Los Angeles.

Heading into the NHL finals, De Blasio and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti made a bet: If the Kings won, De Blasio would appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to sing "I Love L.A." If the Rangers won, Garcetti would perform "New York, New York."

Turns out, the Kings won. And De Blasio showed up (via satellite from New York) wearing an "I Love L.A." T-shirt, ready to sing his heart out.

But the mayor professed to not have the best singing voice, so he recruited kids from the 52nd Street Project in Manhattan to give him some backup. As Kimmel noted, De Blasio looked "like a counselor at the worst camp ever."

De Blasio didn't end with the singing. He also sent a shipment of hot dogs from New York mainstay Gray's Papaya for the Kimmel audience. Mayor Garcetti, however, declined, telling Kimmel, "I'm gonna stick with Pink's. They make a Gray's Papaya dog taste like a steaming bag of New York garbage."

Bold words from the mayor who earlier Monday raised eyebrows for dropping an F-bomb on live TV to mark the Kings' victory.

Kings players Justin Williams and Alec Martinez were in the studio with Garcetti, along with the Stanley Cup, and noted that before the victory rally they were instructed to keep their language clean.

"I got a little ahead of myself," Garcetti said. "But you gotta remember, we didn't win at lawn bowling. We won in hockey."

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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