On the list of cliches around football bowl season, the wager between mayors from cities representing the opposing teams ranks near the top, along with dumping buckets of Gatorade on the winning coach.
But the mayors of Madison and Palo Alto, Calif. — home to the University of Wisconsin football team and the Stanford Cardinal, who will face off in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. — are taking the bet to an earthier level.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Palo Alto Mayor Yiaway Yeh have agreed that the losing city will organize a tree planting in honor of the winning team. The losing mayor also will wear the opposing team's hat during a City Council meeting and display the flag of the winning team for a day in January.
"Any city can benefit from additional trees, and we're delighted that Mayor Yeh and the city of Palo Alto are going to provide them," Soglin said in a statement. "I think it's great that we can have fun with the game and provide a benefit to a community."