Seattle, D.C. mayors make friendly bet on outcome of WNBA finals

    Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, right, is embraced by Sue Bird after the Storm defeated the Phoenix Mercury 94-84 during Game 5 of a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Seattle. The Storm advanced to the WNBA finals. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    SEATTLE - Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser have made a friendly wager on the outcome of the 2018 WNBA Finals between the Seattle Storm and the Washington Mystics.

    If the Mystics win, Mayor Durkan says she will send a basket of goodies to Bowser from Seattle’s women-owned businesses including Cupcake Royale, Fremont Brewing, Fuel Coffee, Fran’s Chocolates, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, Rachel’s Ginger Beer, and Glassybaby votives in Storm colors.

    If the Seattle Storm prevail, Mayor Bowser will send a basket of goodies to Durkan, including flowers from Lee’s Flower and Card Shop, CIVIC Vodka, Baked by Yael cakepops, and half-smokes from Ben’s Chili Bowl.

    The losing mayor will also wear the opposing team’s jersey.

    But Durkan says there is little doubt that the Seattle Storm will win the best-of-five series.

    “The other Washington won’t be able to handle current legend Sue Bird and legends in the making like Jewell Loyd, MVP Breanna Stewart and an entire team of can-do, get-it-done players," Durkan boasted. "Seattle has the best players, the best teams, and the best fans in the country, and we can’t wait to celebrate our third championship."

    D.C. Mayor Bowser begged to differ.

    “Seattle or D.C.? Obviously D.C.,” she said. “We’ve dealt with our fair share of storms in D.C. this summer, and we’re prepared to handle one more. I look forward to cheering on Delle Donne and the rest of the Mystics as they bring another championship and gift basket to the district.”

    The first game of the series will take place Friday at 6 p.m. in Seattle.

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