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It’s not easy being green

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

Las Vegas mayor wears UNT T-shirt after losing bowl game bet

The mayor of Las Vegas made good on a bet over the Heart of Dallas Bowl game, wearing a University of North Texas T-shirt during the city’s regular meeting Wednesday morning.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman came down from the dais to explain her unusual attire to officials and residents attending the meeting, which included an employee of the year award and a short discussion of human trafficking prevention efforts along with regular city business.

Goodman said the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Rebels’ 36-14 loss to the Mean Green also cost her $100, having made a side bet with Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs over the game. The money went to support UNT athletics.

Goodman told the crowd she was embarrassed to be wearing the shirt.

“I spilled coffee all the way down and you can’t see any spots,” Goodman said. “There’s something going on in Denton, Texas.”

In her brief remarks, Goodman complimented the growth of the UNLV football program, saying the team has really come along.

She also mentioned the departure of the university’s president, Neal Smatresk, a Texas native, who will become president of UNT on Feb. 3.

Burroughs said Tuesday night he was relieved to not be wearing a red Rebels T-shirt during the Denton City Council’s regular meeting.

But a city proclamation commending the Mean Green for its victory was tabled until more members of the team could return from the holidays to be present for the ceremony, Burroughs said.

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