Press Release

Archbishop Thomas Wenski pays off NBA Finals bet with Diocese of Dallas' bishop

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Communications Department - Archdiocese of Miami

(CNS photo/Stephen Brashear)
Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, left, presents Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell with a box of Miami-made Cuban cigars during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual spring meeting in Bellevue, Wash., June 15. Archbishop Wenski lost a wager between the two when the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA championship against the Miami Heat.
MIAMI (June 15, 2011) - Catholic bishops from around the country will witness a ceremonial payoff in the bet between Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell taking place today in Seattle during a summer meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Prior to the start of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Miami Heat fan Archbishop Thomas Wenski had offered a friendly wager to Diocese of Dallas’ Bishop Kevin Farrell as the Heat and the Mavericks prepared to play for the NBA Championship. During a break in their meeting, the Miami Archbishop will pay off his part of the bet and wear a Mavericks championship cap and pennant while delivering Miami-made hand-rolled cigars to Bishop Farrell. In response, Bishop Farrell will wear a Don’t Mess with Texas cap to accept the cigars and thank Archbishop Wenski for the friendly challenge.

Archbishop Wenski’s pay-off also includes stone crabs and a Key lime pie that will be sent to Archbishop Farrell’s home this summer. J.J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks promised to autograph the box of cigars which will then be donated to Catholic Charities for their auction in January.

“I will concede to Archbishop Wenski that Miami has a very talented team but in the end the best team prevailed and it was quite fun to see the old guard defeat the young guns.” Bishop Farrell even went on to say, “This might be the first championship in Maverick’s franchise history but I’m willing to bet it won’t be the last!”

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