LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent this letter yesterday to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino:
Dear Mayor Menino:
Tonight is truly an historic night. It is hard to believe that it has
been twenty one – long – years since the last time the Lakers beat the
Celtics in the NBA Finals. Tonight we renew this great American
The only thing harder to believe is that it’s been more than two
decades since the great Boston Celtics have tasted the sweet victory of
an NBA Championship. The year was 1986. Hair was big. Shorts were
short. And Michael Dukakis was preparing his historic run for
I truly expected our great rivalry of the 1980s to carry into the 1990s
– particularly as the Lakers and Celtics continued to assemble a
pantheon of NBA legends: Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Derek Fisher,
Phil Jackson, Pervis Ellison, Bryant Stith, Vitaly Potapenko and Rick
So to commemorate this historic event, I say we scrap the tired
tradition of wagering regional trinkets or cuisine – and go big.
Let’s really put it on the line: jobs, tradition, pride.
So here’s my proposal:
If the Celtics win, we’ll send you the best professional football
team L.A. has to offer: the Arena League’s Los Angeles Avengers.
If the Lakers win, we get the Patriots.
I know what you might be thinking: "Villaraigosa must be nuts!
Bostonians would make out like bandits in that deal! With an indoor
arena team, the fans would not have to risk frostbite to see a
mid-September game. And with the smaller field, our coaches wouldn’t
even need cameras to steal opponents’ signals."
I’m sure my constituents might not be happy with this deal, but I am so
confident in the Lakers’ victory that I am willing to put it all on
Oh, and to sweeten the pot, in the event of a Lakers victory you can
keep the Patriots’ coach. We have a pretty good guy down the street
who might be interested in the job – and who probably still has the
I look forward to your response and a great finals series. My only
regret is that I will not be able to visit the Garden for a game. I was
hoping to experience first-hand the legendary Bostonian hospitality and
Good luck and Go Lakers!
Sounds like a pretty fair deal to me. Maybe this will be incentive enough for Ed Roski to get started on his $800m LA stadium plan a bit early.