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Religious rivalry: Miami archbishop bets Key lime pie and Cuban coffee for a Miami Heat win

 

The archbishop of Miami made a friendly wager with the archbishop of San Antonio over the NBA Finals.

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Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski on Wednesday announces his bet against the bishop of San Antonio as the two men of faith root on their favorite basketball teams during the NBA Finals.
Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski on Wednesday announces his bet against the bishop of San Antonio as the two men of faith root on their favorite basketball teams during the NBA Finals.
WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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Miami’s archbishop will once again square off against his religious rival, the archbishop of San Antonio, in a wager over which city will capture the NBA championship.

Flanked by a fiery Heat banner and a poster of LeBron James, Archbishop Thomas Wenski announced a friendly bet with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller on Wednesday morning. In the “unlikely event” that the Heat loses, Wenski will send to his Texas counterpart Key lime pie from Key West, Cuban coffee, oranges and grapefruits, and a donation to San Antonio Catholic Charities.

Last year, the archbishop bet stone crabs and a box of cigars on the Heat’s success. When Miami clinched the title in the seventh game of NBA Finals, Wenski received a large batch of Texas barbeque and fajitas, which were donated to two charities that serve the homeless. García-Siller will make a similar donation of Texan food this year if the Heat three-peats.

“I’ve been doing this ever since I’ve been in Miami,” said Wenski, who donned a Heat hat and recounted playing basketball in his younger days. “The odds are good and I think we’re going to do it again.”

García-Siller is equally convinced that his team will be champs.

“I’m confident that I will be enjoying the sweet taste of victory when the Spurs are crowned champions,” he said. Then he thanked Wenski in advance for his “generosity and good taste.”

The auxiliary bishop of Miami, Peter Baldacchino, stepped forward Wednesday as “Miami Heat’s newest fan.”

After making his wager, the archbishop looked up and said: “Go Heat.”

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