The mayors’ bet is one of those traditions that don’t serve much of a purpose, but give elected leaders a chance to show civic pride (our city is the best! Ignore our rampant corruption and rising crime rates! What do you mean the infrastructure is crumbling and the schools suck?) and/or act the gracious loser. Of course Houston mayor Annise Parker and her LA counterpart Antonio Villaraigosa made one. Parker came up on the wrong end (again) and had to wear a Galaxy jersey to a city council meeting.