Mayor Ed Lee Heads to Baltimore to Make Good on His Super Bowl Bet

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This is as excited as Ed Lee gets
Mayor Ed Lee will be taking a personal day on Friday from his job as San Francisco's CEO to travel to the streets of Baltimore where he'll his hands dirty while revitalizing Charm City (because Baltimore could use a little help).

As part of the friendly wager with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Super Bowl loser would travel to the Super Bowl winner's town to act as a civic slave to the victorious football champs.

Here's what is on Mayor Lee's agenda while in Baltimore:

Lee will begin his day Friday at 10 a.m. with a tour of Faidley Seafood in Baltimore's historic Lexington Market, where he will learn how to make Faidley's world-famous crab cake sandwiches, as well as Maryland's state sandwich, made with soft-shell crab. So far, this doesn't sound like we should feel sorry for him.

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After visiting Faidley's, Mayor Lee will finally be put to work. Joined by Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; Joe Briggs of the NFL Players Association; Navarro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers; and hundreds of AmeriCorps members, Lee will revitalize a vacant parking lot in Baltimore's Power in Dirt initiative.

Then at 1 p.m., Mayor Lee is expected to report to the Western District Police Station to paint and repair the facility, probably while the Baltimore cops laugh in his face.

At 2:35 p.m. on the dot, Mayor Lee will arrive at Cherry Hill Elementary School to tutor third graders in reading. Hopefully, he'll spare the children from total boredom and forgo regaling them with his San Francisco Examiner op-eds.

Afterward, we presume the mayor will be wined and dined a bit for all his hard work.

"Although I do wish the Super Bowl resulted in a San Francisco 49ers victory and had required Mayor Rawlings-Blake to visit San Francisco, I look forward to cracking some Baltimore crab and joining AmeriCorps in the Service Bowl," said Mayor Lee. "I believe this day of education and service will strengthen the relationship between our two cities and promote a call of service to our communities."

We'll get 'em next year.

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