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Emanuel bets on Blackhawks with beer, popcorn in wager with Anaheim mayor

Mayor Rahm Emanuel raised the stakes in a friendly wager with Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait over the best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series. | AP file photo

Some craft beer, popcorn and neon-green relish say the Blackhawks will win their Western Conference Final showdown with the Anaheim Ducks.

Those are the proceeds Mayor Rahm Emanuel has offered up in a friendly wager with Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait over the best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series starting Sunday afternoon, in “the unlikely case that things don’t go our way,” Emanuel said in a written statement.

The barrel of Garrett Popcorn, SlapShot Brewing Co. beer and Vienna Beef relish upped the ante a bit from Tait’s offering of Anaheim craft beer and chilies, according to the offices of each mayor.

“I have absolute confidence that our Blackhawks will take the series,” Emanuel said.

Emanuel will also make a contribution to Becoming A Man, a group for at-risk young men, the statement said. Tait will donate to another youth group, Accelerate Change Together of Anaheim.