SEATTLE and MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Tuesday was a day of dueling press releases, as the trade associations representing the home states of the two participants in Super Bowl XLIX challenged each other to a tasty wager.
With the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots advancing to the National Football League's championship game, the Northwest Credit Union Association — representing Oregon and Washington's credit unions and led by Troy Stang, NWCUA's president and CEO, and Jack Fallis, board chair — challenged the New England-based Cooperative Credit Union Association and Paul Gentile, its president and CEO, to a bet on the outcome.
The NWCUA threw down the gauntlet by stating, "In the unlikely event the Patriots win, the NWCUA will send some of the world's best smoked salmon to the CCUA."
Noting his local Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl Champions, while the Patriots won back-to-back Super Bowls 10 years ago, Stang added, "The last team to repeat as Super Bowl Champions was the Patriots, so this match-up is appropriate. 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."
A few hours later the Cooperative CU Association, represented by Gentile and its board chair, David Surface, joined the fray. The CCUA put up what it termed, "the world's best clam chowder."
Said Gentile, "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 CU 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!"
Gentile added that the Northwest CU Association's wager came just before the CCUA convened for its very 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. Go Pats!" said David Surface, CCUA chairman and CEO of St. Jean's CU.
The Cooperative Credit Union Association represents the interests of credit unions throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.