SEATAC, Wash., and MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (1/21/15)--This year's Super Bowl pits rivals from both the East and West coasts, and the credit union leagues of their respective states are stepping up with a gastronomic game of their own.
Should the New England Patriots win, the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) will send smoked salmon to the East Coast, home of the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA).
If the Seattle Seahawks take the trophy, CCUA--representing the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island--will send clam chowder to the Pacific Northwest offices of NWCUA.
"The last team to repeat as Super Bowl champions was the Patriots, so this matchup is appropriate," said NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang, who challenged CCUA's President/CEO Paul Gentile to the wager. "Both regions are known for great seafood and great football. We think our Seahawks are way too tough for New England, but should the Pats somehow come away with a win, Jack and I will send our friends at the Cooperative Credit Union Association a package of the Northwest's best smoked salmon."
"Northwest smoked salmon is an aggressive bet, but we're confident we're not the ones who will have to make good on it," said Jack Fallis, NWCUA board chair and president/CEO of Global CU, Spokane, Wash., with $370 million in assets. "When the Seahawks repeat as Super Bowl Champions, Mr. Gentile and the CCUA will have to pay up. Let's hope they can find something as amazing as our salmon to wager."
Gentile said, "I am very confident about this wager. The Seahawks escaped Green Bay to get here, while the Patriots walloped the Colts. We're in good shape. We're in such good shape the Cooperative Credit Union Association gladly accepts Northwest's salmon ante, and we will match it with our very best New England clam 'chowda.' I can't wait to try their smoked salmon!"
He added that Stang made the wager just as CCUA convened its first board meeting as a merged association. "We had a lot of important business on the agenda, but the Northwest's wager certainly got our attention," said Chair David Surface, CEO, St. Jean's CU, Salem, Mass., with $154 million in assets.
Filene Research Institute CEO Mark Meyer will be sending cheddar cheese--extra sharp, as Stang requested--to NWCUA's Oregon and Washington offices after the Green Bay Packers lost to the Seattle Seahawks 28-22. Had the Packers won, Madison, Wis.-based Meyer would be sipping some of Seattle's best coffee, courtesy of the league.
That bet is not over yet as Meyer will have to be photographed wearing a Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks jersey with Stang at the Filene Governmental Affairs Conference breakfast in Washington, D.C., in March.