Mayor Holden, Tuscaloosa Mayor bet secret sauces on LSU-Bama showdown
POSTED: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 4:27pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 9:25pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — With the BCS championship game just three days away, Baton Rouge Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden and Tuscaloosa, Ala. Mayor Walter Maddox have their own friendly wager on the showdown between their hometown college football teams.
The bet isn’t over money, but secret sauces developed by popular eateries in their respective cities. For good measure, the two mayors threw in some gear from their local colleges.
If the LSU Tigers win the game and the national championship, Maddox has agreed to send Holden three gallons of signature BBQ sauce from Dreamland BBQ, which has been a Tuscaloosa landmark since 1958, along with a “Roll Tide” hat.
If the Alabama Crimson Tide wins, then Holden has agreed to send Maddox three gallons of Cane’s sauce from Raising Cane’s, the rapidly growing chicken finger restaurant chain that was founded and remains headquartered in Baton Rouge. In addition, Maddox will receive some LSU Coach Les Miles/Cane’s “fist bump” shirts to round out the bet. The shirts depict Miles’ appearance in a recent television commercial for Cane’s.
This isn’t the first time that Mayor Holden has made a friendly wager with a rival mayor over an important LSU game.
The last time LSU played for a national championship was in 2008 against Ohio State, and Holden made a similar bet with Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Michael Coleman.
Both Holden and Coleman agreed that the mayor whose team lost the game would wear the other team’s jersey at the next council meeting.
LSU won that game, and Coleman wound up sporting a No. 8 Trindon Holliday LSU jersey at the next Columbus City Council meeting.