Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom hoping for 49ers victory

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San Francisco 49ers head football coach Jim Harbaugh, right, rides the Superman ride at Six Flags in June. (Courtesy photo)

FAIRFIELD — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will square off with its sister park in Baltimore, Six Flags America, when the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens meet Sunday in New Orleans for the Super Bowl.

There is more at stake between the two parks than a victory for their hometown team.

A friendly wager between park presidents will pit the parks against one another as Discovery Kingdom’s Don McCoy takes on Six Flags America’s Rick Howarth. In addition to a customary food basket representing the best the cities have to offer – Napa Valley wine, sourdough bread and Ghirardelli chocolate from San Francisco and Old Bay, Utz potato chips, Wye River Cream of Crab Soup, Brody’s wine and other treats from Baltimore – the parks will also show their appreciation for the rival team for all the world will see.

The park president from the team that loses will have to don the rival team’s jersey and cap all day while a gigantic conciliatory banner is raised outside the park conveying, “We lost the bet! Congratulations to the (Ravens or 49ers) and (winning park name).” Social media presence is also part of the deal.

“This is a serious game and we just don’t want to give Six Flags America the satisfaction of beating us,” McCoy said in a press release. “It’s all in fun and we really do all work together as a team, but there’s something about a bet like this that makes winning all the more sweet.”

Prior to the start of the 2012 football season, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh helped open the new roller coaster at the Vallejo park, Superman Ultimate Flight, by being the first to ride it.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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