May 23, 2008
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Much like the professional hockey team in his city, Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl is young. Very young. The 28-year old took over the city after the death of former mayor, Bob O'Connor. Hell, he's a year older than I am, and is running an entire city. I have a hard time deciding whether or not to wear pants on a daily basis and this guy is making decisions that affect hundreds of thousands of people. Good on ya, Luke.
One of his biggest moves as mayor was participating in negotiations between Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, and the Mario Lemieux group to help keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh and reach a decision about building a new arena in Pittsburgh. An unabashed Pittsburgh sports fan, Ravenstahl has grown a playoff beard in the past. That's dedication, and I think he's just old enough to actually be able to sport some decent facial hair; unlike, say, Sidney Crosby.
Ravenstahl also is a participant in those silly mayoral wagers. A few weeks back, he entered into a friendly wager with Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter in which a Penguins flag will now be flying at Philadelphia City Hall while Nutter dons a Pittsburgh jersey. Adding insult to injury, Nutter will also travel to Pittsburgh sometime next season to drop a ceremonial puck before a Penguins game while wearing the same jersey. It should be interesting to see what type of wager he enters in with Detroit mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick.
Speaking of Detroit's mayor, Mr. Kilpatrick has himself quite the past. He entered the mayor office at a young age like Ravenstahl, elected in 2001 at 31. While being the third-youngest mayor in office, Kilpatrick also holds the distinction of being the only current mayor to be charged with a felony while in office. Just last week, the Detroit City Council voted to begin impeachment proceedings and a backup plan for Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm -- that if the impeachment process fails, to kick him out of office.
Not to focus much on his misdoings, but Kilpatrick has been charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, and misconduct in office, among others. If he and the Pittsburgh mayor do not participate in any sort of Stanley Cup wager, I can understand. This guy has plenty of other worries at the moment.
Though, I'd love to see wager between the two where Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl would have to throw an octopus onto the ice next season when the two teams play if Detroit wins; and if the Penguins prevail, Kilpatrick should be forced to eat an entire day's worth of Primanti Brothers.
ADVANTAGE: Pittsburgh. I'd have to go with Ravenstahl. He's not facing impeachment or felony charges. That's enough for me.Sean Leahy is the editor of Going Five Hole and a contributor to Puck Daddy, Y! Sports' hockey blog.