Big games mean big bets, and a city's finest food is often wagered as a sign of confidence that the hometown team will be victorious.
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will have to shovel one Steeler fan's walkway while clad in Steelers' attire after losing his wager with Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett owes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker a gift basket filled with hard pretzels, smoked meat and Heinz ketchup.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon lost his last bet with Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman over the Big 12 football showdown between the state universities in October. Nixon had wagered black-walnut and chocolate candy from Hammons Black Walnuts and fishing lures against a care package from Omaha Steaks.
Despite being an active fantasy football player, Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser didn't wager with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (who had to send crab cakes to the snow-shoveling Ravenstahl a week later), which in hindsight was likely a smart decision. Let's think optimistically and imagine that Kansas City is a perennial playoff contender. Odds are that you have to pick barbecue because it would be what the nation expects, although you could sell me on locally made beer, bread or brats.
What's the one food that should represent Kansas City when it comes to making a big game wager?