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Denver mayor injures himself, may not be able to do Ray Lewis dance to pay off bet (really)

Jan 15, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

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Denver mayor Michael Hancock may not be doing the Ray Lewis dance, due to an unfortunate injury. At least that’s what he claims. I say, launch an investigation!

Our story so far: Hancock made a bet with Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake prior to the Broncos-Ravens playoff game on Saturday. If Denver won, the Washington Monument would be lit in blue and orange. If Baltimore won, Hancock would do the Ray Lewis Dance. You know the result — but Hancock may not be paying off. That part’s not clear at this point.

According to an initial report (by the Denver Post), Hancock’s office said that the mayor injured himself “during pre-dance warmups.” That turned out to not be entirely true.

Hancock did injure himself, says his spokeswoman, but it happened in a different way. And amusingly, it is horse related.

The mayor’s office informs USA TODAY Sports that he caught his boot and seriously strained his right quad at a National Western Stock Show event Monday night. Apparently this means his injury is indeed more Bronco than Ravens related after all.

Regardless of its origins, the injury will likely force him to temporarily pull out of part of a bet he made with Baltimore’s mayor over last Saturday’s Broncos-Ravens game.

Hancock was supposed to do the dance prior to the Ravens-Patriots game on Sunday. His office says they are expecting him to go through with it, despite the injury. But we’ll see.

Just to make this story more completely awesome, it should be noted that in the 1980s, Hancock served for a time as Huddles, the Broncos’ mascot. Yep.

  1. Panda Claus - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    It would’ve taken a lot of pull for the Baltimore mayor (Blake) to get the colors changed on the Washington Monument, a federal building located 40 miles south of Baltimore.