Mayor Bloomberg Makes Good On Bet, Hoists ‘Terrible Towel’

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made good on his bet with Pittsburgh’s mayor after the New York Jets lost to the Steelers 24-19 in the AFC championship.

Bloomberg unfurled a Steelers “Terrible Towel” at the New York Public Library on Thursday.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb with Mayor Bloomberg

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg poses for pictures after raising the Pittsburgh Steeler's "Terrible Towel" over the New York Public Library on Feb. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

“I wish I didn’t have to do this,” Bloomberg said. “But Jets fans always pay their bets off.”

Then he wore a Steelers jersey while assembling care packages for service members.

Bloomberg and Luke Ravenstahl made the bet before the Jan. 23 AFC championship game in Pittsburgh.

In order to fulfill the bet, Bloomberg had to post a video of himself with the towel online. His staff posted the video on his YouTube channel.

The “Terrible Towel” was created in 1975 and has served as a potent symbol for Steelers fans.

The Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Did you have to make good on a Steelers-Jets bet? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • Kilroy

    Attaboy Mike! Good sport you are. HERE WE GO STEELERS! HERE WE GO!!!

  • Ren B.

    Mayor Bloomberg Manned Up and as Pittsburgher living in NYC I am proud of Mayor Bloomberg and my Steelers. Good choice of Steeler Jersey too. Go Steelers !

  • ampatsisahypocrite

    Steelers baby! The might Steeler Nation is taking over America! Best fan base there is… ha ha, Kenny and all you other poor Jets fans, how you like the Terrible Towel in your own city?

  • dufus


  • Rose

    Mayor Mike is a good sport, and maybe he is where he is because he never welched on a bet. WTG!

  • anthony

    The mayor is an idiot but its great to be a lifelong Steelers fan living in NYC

  • zeppel mudder

    He should keep it over his face as long as he’s in office

  • zeppel

    He should wrap the towel around his face, and keep it there till his term is finished

  • pugphan

    Bloomberg made Noo Yawk a tobacco free town, thanks Mayah, an foigeabouda

  • pugphan

    Go Miguelito ya made Noo Yawk a smoke free town. Ta hell widda Steelahs.

  • pugphan

    Go Miguelito ya made Noo Yawk a smoke free town. Ta hell with the Steelahs.

  • I. M. Legion

    Good sportsmanship. The funny side of sports! GO STEELERS!!!!!

  • Pudido

    It won’t be there long. One of the homeless dudes who sleep on the steps will be using it for a blanket.

  • SPY

    Are you kidding me? I kicked my own father in law out of my ’08 Super Bowl party for desicrating the Terrible Towel. The Terrible Towel is sachrisanct.

  • Bill

    Who cares. Bloomberg is a billionaire who is destroying NYC

  • Jolinda from the Bronx

    I agree with RONNIE FROM MORRIS PARK. He should have hung it from his window. I wonder who thinks up stuff like this? I’m sure it’s not a tax paying new yorker.

  • Raj

    He is a good man. I love him.

  • slammer

    thanxs 4 not bein another lyin politician and renggin on ur promise

  • New Yorker 4E!

    The Mayor never should’ve agreed to make the stupid bet!

    I’m not a fan of either team (Packers/Steelers). But I hope the Packers win on Sunday!

  • Ronnie from Morris Park

    Wonder how much it cost the city to have that sign put on the library. Why not hang it out his window at home and save us a few bucks…

  • anthony

    Anyone know how long the Terrible Towel will be hanging on the Library ?

  • Johnny

    Who cares

  • Ellen

    Hey, Menino in Boston wouldn’t have that much class to do what Bloomberg did in facing up to his bet with the Pittsburgh mayor. I think this story is a great story on good sportsmanship and great character,

  • Yolanda Job

    So this we have time and money for?

    • CSI

      What are you talking about. This didnt cost anything. He is doing a service and putting together care packs while wearing the jersey.

    • New Yorker 4E!

      Apparently so.


  • phunt

    my supervisor (jets fan) had to wear my big ben game jersey which had not been washed in 13 months all day around the office…

  • Fivetools22

    Fantastic ! No doubt, Fantastic !

  • Marina Ios

    very nice, i LOVE IT!!

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