Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller has not lost any sleep thinking about the friendly Super Bowl wager that slipped away along with the Atlanta Falcons' big lead.
The deal Miller made with his Foxborough, Mass., counterpart David Feldman was that the loser would have to don an adversarial jersey at his next public meeting. The Feb. 5 game was won by New England in overtime, 34-28.
True to his word, Miller will wear the No. 12 jersey of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the course of Thursday’s Flowery Branch City Council meeting beginning at 6 p.m.
Miller confides that he’s had no nightmares.
“All the experts said during the season that the Atlanta Falcons weren’t supposed to be there in the first place, and we proved them wrong,” Miller told The Times on Wednesday. “I was disappointed, of course. But with all the negative things going on in the world, (the friendly wager) was a positive.”
Miller said he and Feldman have exchanged a couple of emails.
“He congratulated us for a great first half,” said the mayor, who shrugged off the heartbreak as not the end of the world.
Feldman rubbed it in by telling local Foxborough media outlets that by wearing Brady’s jersey at today’s meeting, Miller would “feel what it’s like to be a champion.”
It marks the second time that Miller, whose city is home to the Falcons’ team headquarters, has had to eat crow on friendly wagers with an opposing elected official.
In 2013, the Falcons dashed out to a 17-point lead against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, only to fall short at the end. As part of the bet with Santa Clara, Calif., Mayor Lisa Gillmor, Miller wore a 49ers jersey to his council meeting.
Lightning struck Miller a second time Feb. 5. He may have been jinxed by giddy folks calling him at halftime asking at what time he’d be holding a parade for the Falcons.
However, always an optimist, Miller said he’s looking forward to next season.
“I’m excited about year three with coach (Dan) Quinn,” Miller said.