Arlington Mayor Bets Barbecue on Rangers' Playoff Chances

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City of Arlington staffers are looking forward to feasting on coconut shrimp and grilled mahi mahi if the Rangers stay ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Mayor Robert Cluck this week made his second-ever edible sports wager, offering the mayors of Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg a dinner from Spring Creek Barbecue should the Florida team prevail in the division play-offs. If the Rangers win, Cluck will receive a gift basket from the Columbia and Cha Cha Coconuts restaurant chain.

Cluck sent a Spring Creek Barbecue package to Prince George's county executive Jack Johnson last month after the Redskins upset the Cowboys.

Cluck's assistant Angie Summers says she e-mailed Johnson's office to make sure the 'cue made it safely to Maryland.

"I never heard back," she says. "So I guess they didn't care after they won."

If Cluck had collected on the bet, he'd have received a crab bomb, an oversized cake of jumbo lump crab. He's apparently hoping the Rangers will help him sate his unconsummated craving for shellfish. A release quotes Cluck as saying, "We're looking forward to having seafood!"



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