There's nothing like a heated rivalry to bring everyone into the fray -- even the mayors of the respective towns.
In this case, Kennewick Mayor Steve Young, an ardent supporter of the Tri-City Americans, and Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, a Chiefs fan, have a wager on the upcoming playoff series between the two Western Hockey League teams.
Young announced the wager at the Americans' news conference Thursday.
"It was her idea," Young said. "She called the Americans office Monday to see if I'd be interested. I'm very competitive. I'd rather her come down here when it's hot than me go up there when it's cold. It was a last-minute deal, but it will still be fun. We both have a good sense a humor."
It comes down to this: If Tri-City should win the series, Verner would join Young in the Benton-Franklin Fair Grand Parade in August wearing an Americans jersey.
If the Spokane Chiefs win, Young would don a Chiefs jersey and join Verner in the evening Lilac Parade on May 21.
As Young finished his talk Thursday, he looked into the crowd at the group of players in attendance and offered a few last words: "I have a lot of faith in you."
But Verner has her faith in the Chiefs.
"I am looking forward to riding in the Lilac Parade with Mayor Young," Verner said in a news release. "I think he will look terrific in a Chiefs jersey!"
Young and his wife Anita have been Americans fans since the team relocated from New Westminster, British Columbia, in 1988. They have been season ticket holders for three years.
"My wife is a fanatic," Young said. "She's missed just one game in the last two years."
The best-of-seven series begins Saturday at Spokane Arena.