Add two zoos to the list of groups betting big on Super Bowl 50.
The North Carolina Zoo and Denver Zoo have made a friendly wager for their respective teams in Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. In a (possibly very intentionally worded) news release from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Denver Zoo CEO Shannon Block has agreed to wear a Panthers jersey while greeting zoo visitors in Colorado when the Panthers win the game.
And, “like a true Southerner,” she’ll have to eat biscuits and drink sweet tea.
If the Broncos win, Pat Simmons, N.C. zoo director, will have to wear a Broncos jersey while greeting guests at her zoo’s entrance. Simmons will also have to try to eat a green chili breakfast and granola bar.
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The contest between the two zoos is getting fierce. The Denver Zoo last week posted a video announcing the wager. Block shows off Broncos jerseys she planned to mail to North Carolina and, “in the unlikely event that Denver comes up short,” agrees to wear a Cam Newton jersey. She also agrees to hold a “Congratulations Carolina” sign, although she does not appear too enthusiastic about that prospect.
The N.C. Zoo posted a rebuttal video on Facebook this week. It features Simmons grilling “Broncos burgers” and schooling Block on Carolina culture: “We prefer our tea sweet, not herbal,” she said.
Denver Zoo video
N.C. Zoo video