Friendly bets on sporting games by officeholders is a hallowed tradition in which headline-hungry politicians make cheap bids for soft coverage. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently got a nice batch of stone crab claws from Miami Mayor Manny Diaz when the Hurricanes lost the Emerald Bowl to Cal. Which made little sense, considering UM is in Coral Gables and UC Berkeley is in, duh, Berkeley. But why let that stand in the way of cheap publicity?
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