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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  1. Nealea

    Yes, but what if Tebow lost. Would we see this? http://bit.ly/yecG8h

    January 11, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. earl

    Grammer ppl n this kind of thing normal for mayors even governors latter more in big rival college games

    January 11, 2012 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Name*Bill P

    Yes but, yes but, yes but. lolol . Yes but ... you're 24 Mill over the salary cap with a group of old men. Perhaps Mike Tomlin, whom I do like as a Buccaneers fan, will talk Rooney to pick Tim Tebow off the waiver wire if/when he's there. This MSG specifically for sixburgh on TBO site.

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