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Matzah Ball, Super Bowl, What’s the Difference?

Friendly bet hints at the Big Game’s Jewish undertones

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Derrick Martin of the Giants celebrates after last Sunday's victory.(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Here is some news that might aid us in deciding who Tablet Magazine’s team will be in the Super Bowl next weekend—especially given that the two teams meeting have both been our teams throughout this season. From an email blast:

U.S. Reps Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Mike Capuano (D-Mass) announced today that they have placed a friendly wager on the Super Bowl, as their respective hometown teams, the New York Giants and New England Patriots, get set to square off in next month’s game.

The two lawmakers are wagering meals from premier eateries in New York and Massachusetts: Ackerman putting up matzo ball soup and a kosher corned beef on club from Ben’s Best Deli in Rego Park, Queens in New York while Capuano is wagering clam chowder and clam rolls from Legal Seafoods, a Massachusetts-based seafood restaurant.

“As Democrats, Congressman Capuano and I agree on the vast majority of issues but the outcome of the Super Bowl is clearly not one of them,” quipped Ackerman. “The Giants are going to go all the way, and I look forward to feasting on delicious Massachusetts seafood while savoring Big Blue’s victory. Go Giants!”

“I have no doubt that New England’s beloved Patriots will bring the Lombardi trophy back to Massachusetts when they prevail in the Super Bowl,” stated Capuano. “The Patriots have shown grit and determination all season, qualities that will carry them to victory. I am looking forward to enjoying that deli feast as New England celebrates our 4th Super Bowl win in 10 years!”

Shouldn’t the bet be that the winner gets to eat his own cuisine? And couldn’t Rep. Capuano find a non-chain? But still. A telling contrast. We’ll make our pick next week.

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Marc R says:

Wow, kosher vs. treyf.

The contrast couldn’t be starker.

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Matzah Ball, Super Bowl, What’s the Difference?

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