You read the headline correctly and it isn’t wrong. While the National Football League (NFL) will crown this year’s champion on Sunday, charities are again in the wagering mood. The defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks take on three-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX (49).
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM), which last year talked smack on Twitter with the Denver Art Museum (DAM) all week leading up to the big game, has entered a high-stakes wager on the game. If the Seahawks win, the Williamstown, Mass.-based Clark Art Institute will loan Winslow Homer’s 1900 oil on canvas, “West Point, Prout’s Neck.”
If the Patriots let the air out of that attempt, SAM will send Clark the 1870 oil on canvas “Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast,” by Albert Bierstadt.
Last year, SAM was victorious in its bet with Denver Art Museum, securing The Broncho Buster, a nearly 2-foot bronze sculpture cast by Frederic Remington in 1902 from DAM’s western American art collection, for three months. The two developed the Twitter hashtag #SAMvDAM while this year it’s been dubbed #MuseumBowl.
Super Bowl wagers between participating city’s mayors or state’s governors have become routine. Other charity-related friendly bets on this year’s big game include:
Super Bowl XLIX will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
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