The Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers will have their work cut out for them. The fans and local pols however are ready.
It may only be a preseason game but when your hometown teams have been as bad in recent years as the 49ers and Raiders, it's understandable that a meeting between the two would be treated as a Super Bowl.
The next chapter of the battle of the Bay Area football resumes Saturday when the Oakland Raiders cross the Bay Bridge and take on the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.
To commemorate the occasion, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan are placing a friendly wager on who might win.
Never mind that both teams are likely to rest their starters for most of the game. Forget that both the Raiders and 49ers have new coaching staffs that are trying to implement new systems in an abbreviated off season.
If the tickets cost full price -- which they do -- then the game is worthy of a friendly wager.
At stake is some of each city's finest edible delights. If the 49ers win, Lee will basque in the glory of Blue Bottle Coffee, Vice Chocolates and an Oakland-based wine.
But if the Raiders go on the road and pull out a victory, Quan will get to indulge in some fresh San Francisco produce, a pound of Philz Coffee and crab from fisherman's wharf.
Who gets the better deal? You decide, either way they both deserve to be rewarded for rooting for their local teams through this difficult times.