January 10th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

Pittsburgh's mayor 'Tebows' in defeat

Pittsburgh's mayor knelt down in defeat on Tuesday, donning a Denver Broncos No. 15 jersey and "Tebowing" in front of the Steel City's skyline to pay off a bet he made with the mayor of Denver over the Steelers-Broncos playoff game.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's Steelers lost as Denver quarterback Tim Tebow (No. 15) threw an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime for a 29-23 victory Sunday.

Tebow's gesture of kneeling in prayer after great plays has become a national phenomenon, but for Ravenstahl it wasn't a craze he wanted a part of.

"This is not something I ever thought I'd have to do, and it certainly wasn't something I was looking forward to," Ravenstahl said. "However, we're good sports here in Pittsburgh, and I want to congratulate Denver on a great win."

If Denver had lost, Mayor Michael Hancock had pledged to wear a Steelers jersey and wave a "terrible towel," SBNation Pittsburgh reported.

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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. willie gibson

    That;s the Best Bet the 2 Mayors and their staffs could come up with?

    January 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      your right, they should have killed a staffer in a sacrificial effigy in tribute to the other team...
      COME ON!

      January 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobby

      the should have a a wife swap

      January 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 48lowes

    i bet the mayor for denver will bet Bostons mayor to do that if they win in New England next sunday

    January 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BostonSteve

      Our Boston Mayor would never be able to get back up.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonjo

      But when we win (Pats) the Mayor of Denver would have to wear a Pats Jersey and "gronk" a Tebow jersey

      January 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonjo

      better yet wear a three point hat a "tricorne"

      January 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Just a thought

    Gese, ya would think that Tebow was the first person to ever drop down in a prayer fashion.
    Get over it people.

    January 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. texas_girl

    for cying out loud it is NOT Tebowing!! It is called PRAYING !! can I get an AMEN

    January 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Go to he11...

      January 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • khollie

      Amen

      January 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • sm2009

      Amen

      January 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia

      Amen.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fransken

      Thank God you used two number 1's instead of two letter L's. Otherwise, your post would have been highly offensive. But since you had such good taste, Tebow will forgive you....

      January 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Molokai_Guy

      AMEN! And that is exactly why people don't like him. He spends too much time praying and praising God.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Amen again!

      January 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jehrimia johnson

    Archery magazine reports that the results are in and proved the T-Bow outperforms the Dickla-bow.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lex Luthor

    This is great. haha

    January 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pittsburgher

    I am not a bitter fan, really I dont care if pittsburgh lost. but seriously, not that I thought that much of this moron mayor that we have here in pittsburgh anyway, but this is really really low. what an idiot.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Hey now,disparaging the man isn't very nice.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. livinlife420

    I am not religous at all.....and I think this is great fun....Tebowing! ha ha

    January 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pittsburgher

    it is one thing to waive a towel, wear a jersey but to get down on your knees for someone else. kinda like he does for the city of Pittsburgh. instead of wasting time "bowing" he should spend some time trying to fix the financial situation in pittsburgh or his failed relationships with the city council who all thinks (and knows) what an idiot this clown is.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Hey! to each his own.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Socrates

    I am sorry, I don't enough time to comment. I am praying. God save us all.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      good luck with that.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ray

    probly lost a bet with denvers mayor and had to wear the jersey

    January 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • pittsburgher

      did you read that article?

      January 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pittsburgher

    I wonder if this is what he tried to do with his e-wife after she caught him cheating on her.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pittsburgher

    no sh!t Ray did you read the article? that is exactly what this is.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TIM TEBOW

    HE'S DOING IT WRONG!

    Before you TEBOW, you have to glance around and make sure no less than 6 cameras are pointed at you. THEN you TEBOW. And if it doesn't look pious enough, you point at the sky WITH BOTH FINGERS then drop down for a secondary TEBOW.

    That's how you do it.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. indifferent07

    im sure the ACLU's "church/state separations" lawsuit is already making its way to the court

    January 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      So the NFL is what? The church or the state? Since they're neither it's a moot comment.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
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