New York Mayor Bill de Blasio may want to start practicing in front of a mirror.
With the Kings poised to clinch their second Stanley Cup in three years at Staples Center on Friday night against the New York Rangers, de Blasio is now on the brink of having to fulfill his end of a bet made with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti: If his team loses, he'll sing Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." on "Jimmey Kimmel Live."
If the Kings, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, somehow lose the championship to the Rangers, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to sing Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" on Kimmel's show.
"Start spreading the news, it's been over 20 years since the Stanley Cup has found its home in New York City, and we look forward to it making its way here," de Blasio said before the series began.
But after an excrutiatingly close loss in New York, the Kings are playing in front of a hometown crowd Friday with the odds clearly in their favor.
The Kings-Rangers betting, though, doesn’t stop at their respective mayors' offices.
California Gov. Jerry Brown and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are wagering some of their states' respective wares over the series outcome.
Brown promised to send Cuomo a book on the history of California and some lightly salted organic brown rice cakes; Cuomo put up a basket brimming with buffalo wings, Italian sausage and oysters from Long Island, among other New York delectables.
Cuomo also pledged to chip in a hockey puck commemorating New York's passing three on-time budgets in a row.
In addition, New York Police Commissioner (and former LAPD Chief) William J. Bratton has a wager with L.A. Chief Charlie Beck. If the Kings win, Bratton will buy Beck lunch at New York's Katz's Deli. If the Rangers win, Beck will treat Bratton to lunch at Langer's Deli.