Mayor John Hickenlooper was taunted late Tuesday like a kid on a playground with a funny last name – by someone who also has a funny last name. Here is the mayor’s response:
Dear Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,
We accept your wager and will gladly take the Los Angeles Times when the Nuggets win the series. It can’t replace the Rocky Mountain News, but we know healthy head-to-head competition in a two-newspaper town is a good thing for the community.
If the Lakers win, we are fine with you taking our snowpack, as you get a lot of it anyway. We will also send you a six-pack, though you’ll likely want more. Denver is home to more than a dozen brewpubs and some of the best beer in the country. We will join you in a toast when we win the series.
As for the option to buy the Coliseum, we will pass on that right now. We have a pro football stadium – with a pro football team.
We’d also like to sweeten the pot:
If the Lakers win the series, we’ll give you 20 miles of light rail to help LA’s traffic congestion and a few of Colorado’s 54 “Fourteeners” because every state needs real mountains and we have plenty.
When the Nuggets win the series, we’ll take the 20th Century Fox studios and sound stage and we get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Oh, and when the Nuggets move on to the NBA Finals, we’ll take Jack Nicholson.
Good luck to you and your Lakers.
Mayor John Hickenlooper