With the Super Bowl matchup between the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens just days away, the wagering between the cities has hit something of a fever pitch.
The symphonies in Baltimore and San Francisco have started a friendly back-and-forth using social media to show pride in their hometown teams. In addition, the zoos and libraries of both cities have placed friendly wagers on the outcome of Sunday’s game.
Using Twitter — tweets can be found under the hashtag #classicalsuperbowl — and Facebook, the San Francisco Symphony posted photos of percussionist Trey Wyatt “cymbal-ically” making cream of raven soup with a stuffed likeness of Baltimore’s mascot and harpist Doug Rioth doing his own version of “Kaepernicking.”
San Francisco Symphony spokeswoman Jean Shirk said the idea was born after the NFC Championship Game in which the 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons to advance to the Super Bowl. The idea of a concerto seemed appropriate, Shirk said.
“It’s kind of like trading off solos here,” she said.
For its part, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has posted videos mocking the Niners, with one stating, “We know we’ve already said it, but we’ll say it again: Baltimore rules, San Francisco drools!!” There also is a photo of several musicians beating on a drum containing a crossed-out San Francisco logo.
Meanwhile, Baltimore’s Maryland Zoo, which is home to the Ravens’ official mascots Rise and Conquer, says if the 49ers win the Super Bowl it will rename the ravens’ enclosure the “San Francisco 49ers exhibit,” according to The Associated Press.
In exchange, if the Ravens win, the San Francisco Zoo has agreed to rename the enclosure of its black rhino Boone, who is named after 49ers offensive tackle Alex Boone, in honor of the Ravens.
The renamings would each last for a month beginning Feb. 11.
And as for the libraries, the leaders of the losing city’s book bank would have to recite an iconic poem about the victor’s city. In the case of a Baltimore win, the San Francisco librarian would recite Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” And if the Niners win, the Baltimore librarian would read George Sterling’s “The Cool, Grey City of Love.”