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Mayors make bowl bet

Profile image for By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer

For the mayors of Denton and Las Vegas, it’s game on.

Mark Burroughs and Carolyn Goodman will be watching the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day with a special interest.

The two have bet on the outcome of the football game between the University of North Texas and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. The losing mayor has agreed to wear the winning team’s jersey at the next regular council meeting, Burroughs said.

“We’ve already exchanged sizes,” Burroughs said.

There was a flurry of activity leading up to the call on Christmas Eve between the two civic leaders, he said.

An early idea would have seen Denton dispatch a small group of musicians should UNT lose, and Las Vegas, a group of showgirls, should it win, to respective council meetings, but it fell flat, Burroughs said.

After all, several members of the One O’clock Lab Band recently performed for the City Council to mark the release of the UNT band’s latest album, Lab 2013, which contains a number of jazz tunes as a homage to Denton.

The city staff reached out to UNT athletics to make sure that a jersey would be ready to go to Las Vegas, if needed. Or, when needed.

Burroughs isn’t worried, he said. Goodman’s husband told him that Las Vegas odds-makers favor the Mean Green by 6 1/2 points.

Tickets to the game are still available online at or by calling 940-565-2527 or 1-800-868-2366.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.