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San Antonio starts to settle its bets in Spurs loss to Heat

 

fpeinado@MiamiHerald.com

San Antonio, we love your Tex-Mex, barbecue and fajitas. We’ll even take your opera singer. And one thing we gotta say about you Spurs fans, you’re not ones to welch on a bet. When you lose, you pay up.

Clad in Miami Heat jerseys, three top execs of a San Antonio-based restaurant chain spent Friday bussing tables and cleaning countertops at a Miami Beach Pollo Tropical.

The San Antonio execs said they were having fun, but “the Heat” was making them sweat.

“It’s a lot easier and cooler to count money in the office than grilling chicken in the kitchen,” said Gerardo Arce, vice president of finance for Taco Cabana, and a good sport in his Mike Miller #13 jersey.

It was one of many bets Spurs followers lost when the Miami Heat prevailed in Game 7 of the NBA finals to win the world championships for the second year in a row.

A few bets have yet to be paid.

San Antonio’s Opera Piccola will be sending an emerging star to perform at an upcoming Florida Grand Opera recital and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro still has to perform a community service in Miami, wearing a Heat jersey, of course.

Also making good on his wager Friday: The Archbishop of San Antonio.

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller sent Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski 2- pounds of barbeque and 10 pounds of fajitas. (If the Heat had lost, Wenski had promised to send his colleague stone crabs from the Florida Keys and a box of cigars handmade in Miami.)

The Tex-Mex was delivered Friday to two charities that feed the homeless in Miami, Camillus House and the Missionaries of Charities, where they’ll be served for a Fourth of July celebration.

“I love fajitas,” said Camillus House resident Charles H. Kinsey. “This is good. They lost and we get to benefit.”

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