Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:22 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 12:28 pm

Pittsburgh mayor Tebows after losing playoff bet

By Will Brinson

The Steelers gave up their first 300-yard passing effort on Sunday. In the playoffs. To Tim Tebow. That's probably a bit frustrating. Of course, it's not as frustrating as having to get on local television and Tebow for your loyal citizens.

Which is what Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl was forced to do after losing to his Denver counterpart Michael Hancock.

"This is not something I ever thought I’d have to do, and it’s certainly not something I’m looking forward to," Mayor Ravenstahl said in a statement via CBS Pittsburgh. "However, we’re good sports here in Pittsburgh and I want to congratulate Denver on a great win."

Hey, it's OK, your, um, mayorness. Almost no one picked the Broncos to win on Sunday. And there's definitely no one saw the Mile-High Miracle unfolding the way it did. Tebowing is the least you can do.

While we're here, though, let's handle the elephant in the room: the mayor of Pittsburgh, where the Steelers live, has the word "Ravens" in his last name.

Yes, it's almost as big a miracle that he got elected as Tebow winning Sunday, but it's not like he hasn't addressed it head on: when the Steelers and Ravens met up in the playoffs in the 2008 season, he changed his last name to "Steelerstahl."

Of course, all of Ravenstahl's ideas aren't gold. He wouldn't make a bet with the mayor of Glendale before the Steelers played the Cardinals in the Super Bowl, and he awkwardly danced around not having a parade before the Steelers won it all that year.

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