HARRISBURG — At stake when the Eagles play the Minnesota Vikings this weekend are bragging rights, a Super Bowl trip and, for the governors of Pennsylvania and Minnesota, a large pile of junk food.
In an ecological twist on the civic tradition of the sports wager, the Philadelphia Zoo and its counterparts, the Como Zoo in St. Paul and the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, agreed that the loser or losers each will plant 52 trees in spring (honoring Super Bowl LII).
"Our Philadelphia Eagles have overcome adversity and displayed true Pennsylvania grit to put themselves one game away from the Super Bowl," Wolf said in a statement Friday. "While I wanted an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl, I am proud of the Eagles and look forward to cheering them on this weekend. Go Birds!"
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost last week when they played the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Wolf will attend the Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field this weekend. And the Capitol, where he works, will be lit green from Friday night through the game on Sunday in support of the Birds.
Dayton has ordered the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis to be bathed in Viking-purple light from Friday night through the game. "Skol!" Dayton said in his statement, using a word that roughly means "cheers" in several Scandinavian languages and has become a rallying cry for Minnesota fans.