The Boston and Philadelphia schools superintendents have placed a friendly bet on the outcome of Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
What’s on the line besides bragging rights? The loser must send the winner a signature sandwich from their locale. If the New England Patriots win, Hite sends Chang an authentic Philly cheesesteak. If the Eagles win, Chang owes Hite a lobster roll—a Boston favorite.
Chang even roped Superintendent Ed Graff of Minneapolis, the city hosting the Super Bowl, into the competition as a referee. Graff will ensure that the losing superintendent delivers the goods.
Here’s a look at how the exchange played out on Twitter, with Graff offering the competitors a “true” sandwich from his district’s nutrition services department and former Houston schools chief Terry Grier chiming in for Team Hite.
Hite and the Philadelphia schools stand to win even if their beloved Eagles lose the big game. The National Football League will donate proceeds from its underdog-themed Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl t-shirts to the Philadelphia School District’s not-for-profit foundation.
@SDPHite Straight up... @Patriots vs. @Eagles in #SuperBowl52. Loser sends the winner a sandwich from winning city. @NFL @SuptGraff will referee and make sure the loser pays up. pic.twitter.com/RYFGcmoGZC
— Tommy Chang (@SuptChang) January 26, 2018
Accepted! Prepare to send that Lobster roll.
— Dr. William Hite (@SDPHite) January 28, 2018
Have him send an extra large and I’ll fly up and split it with you!
— Terry Grier (@tgrierhisd) January 28, 2018
Happy to referee. Also, if you ever want a true sandwich, happy to send a @MPS_TrueFood sample to you. We give our @MPS_News students the best meals made from local foods that taste delicious. #SuperBowl #MPSstrong
— Ed Graff (@SuptGraff) January 26, 2018
A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.