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New England rallies around Patriots with wagers, hype videos

Local officials, TV stations and baseball legends are throwing their support behind the hometown team as the Patriots look towards the AFC Championship.

Patriots Nation is revving up for the Patriots to take on the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday, and with the playoff run comes hype videos, tweets of support and bets. Yes, a friendly wager between competing cities, offering their signature food and beverages, is an honored tradition among public officials, and this year is no different. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker placed a friendly wager on the AFC Championship with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Gov. Baker bet Gov. Wolf that the Patriots woiuld topple the Steelers on Sunday, and put Boston cream pie cupcakes from the Koffee Kup in Springfield, as well as Legal Seafood's clam chowder, on the line. Gov. Wolf accepted the terms, and wagered two signature items from Pittsburgh: a sandwich from Primanti Bros. and a torte from Prantl's Bakery.

Gov. Baker put the same items on the line last week, and with the Patriots victory over the Texans, earned some Texas barbecue courtesy of Gov. Greg Abbott. 

The governor isn't the only public official betting on the game with their Pennsylvania counterparts. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Pat Toomey are wagering a case of a beer from their respective states: Sam Adams and Penn Pilsner, respectively.

It's not all bets, though. Some well-known New England figures are taking to social media to cheer on the Patriots.

David Ortiz may be newly retired, but he isn't done rallying New England. Big Papi sent out a video Tuesday night, rocking his custom Patriots jersey, to get Patriots Nation amped up for the AFC Championship. No surprise, it worked.

Boston and Pittsburgh's respective 311 departments also got in on the fun. 

As did both cities' CBS affiliate stations, pledging to donate to the charity of the winner's choice. 

Keep the support coming, Patriots Nation. Be sure to cheer the Patriots on through social media by using #OneMore. 


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