Hickenlooper, NC governor make big SB50 bet

Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 13:26:11-05

Colorado John Hickenlooper believes in Denver’s football team.

He and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory put a big wager on the line before Super Bowl 50.

Should the Broncos lose, Hickenlooper is prepared to send:

  • 50 Osprey backpacks filled with school supplies for a North Carolina shelter
  • 50 cases of Pueblo Salsa made with Pueblo’s famous chiles, provided by Milberger Farms, Musso Farms, Pueblo County and the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
  • 500 boxes of crackers from 34 Degrees Crackers
  • 500 packages of sausages from Continental Sausage to be donated to a food bank in North Carolina.
  • A dog food donation to an animal shelter

McCrory has offered to donate 50 cases of North Carolina turkey burgers and 50 cases of North Carolina turkey sausages to a Colorado food bank, and will add a donation of dog food to an animal shelter if the Carolina Panthers lose to the Denver Broncos.  The turkey products will be provided by Butterball, which is based in North Carolina.

"This Broncos team has proven time and time again that they know how to overcome challenges,” said Hickenlooper. “The Carolina Panthers are certainly a formidable foe, but they will simply be another challenge that our Broncos will overcome in Super Bowl 50. Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, Pat Bowlen and the entire Broncos team deserve a championship to cap a season that will be remembered as nothing short of magical."


McCrory predicts the Carolina Panthers will win 33-10.

Hickenlooper and McCrory will both attend the game to personally cheer on their hometown teams at Levi’s Stadium. They plan to get together before the game on Sunday. The two governors have known each other since they were mayors; Hickenlooper was the mayor of Denver and McCrory was the mayor of Charlotte.
The last time the Broncos and Panthers played each other was in 2012, with the Broncos winning 36-14.