After a virtual nudge from the Texas mag, Mayor Castro decided to put his BBQ where his mouth is and wager tasty smoked meats from The Granary against Memphis mayor A.C. Wharton Jr.'s ribs from Tennessee's Rendezvous.
According to Texas Monthly, Mayor Castro sent this message along to Memphis mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. before the Spurs' 105-83 win yesterday:
Granary 'Cue & Brew FTW.
Dear Mayor Wharton,
Greetings from San Antonio! While everyone knows the best BBQ and basketball comes from Texas, how about a friendly wager on the Spurs-Memphis series?
If the Spurs win, I'll "settle" for Memphis' best BBQ. If the Grizzlies happen to win, you can see what you've been missing in terms of "real" BBQ. I'll send you some of Texas' finest from The Granary 'Cue & Brew.
Good luck in the series. Look forward to hearing from you.
Mayor Julian Castro
Memphis Mayor Wharton countered with:
I appreciate the kind invitation, and I accept your challenge. The Spurs are a great team, but I am confident that the signature "grit and grind" of our Memphis Grizzlies will prevail in this hard-fought series.
Barbeque is a religion in Memphis. People from everywhere make the pilgrimage here during our Annual Memphis in May Barbeque Fest. And, we are home to many of the world's great barbeque restaurants where smoke stacks are raised like steeples.
When the Grizzlies win, I will expect some of the Texas-styled barbeque you've referenced. If the Spurs happen to win the series, I will send you some of our World Famous Rendezvous Barbeque.
Be well and I hope to see you soon.
A C Wharton, Jr.
Well, well, well. This makes for a juicy competition indeed.