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Game on! Mayors Make Friendly Wager for New Mexico Bowl

Mayor Keller doing the coin toss at the big game.
December 15, 2023

Today, Mayor Tim Keller of Albuquerque and Mayor Jerry Dyer of Fresno, CA agreed on a good-natured city vs. city wager on the outcome of the New Mexico Bowl tomorrow when the New Mexico State Aggies and Fresno State Bulldogs football teams face off at University Stadium tomorrow in Albuquerque NM, Saturday, December 16th.

“I have a lot of respect for Mayor Dyer and his great city,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “But I have a strong feeling that this Saturday, his Bulldogs are going to be in the dog house” Mayor Keller will also be doing the coin toss before the game.

“I’m happy to accept Mayor Keller’s challenge and have full faith in my Bulldogs to take care of business against New Mexico State, a team Fresno State has an 18-1 record against,” said Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer. “Fresno is the breadbasket that feeds the world, so if I’m wrong, I’ll be sending Mayor Keller a gift basket with some of the best that our city has to offer. Go ‘Dogs!”

The stakes are city-representative gift boxes.  If the Aggies lose, Mayor Keller will be presenting Mayor Dyer with “ABQ in a Box” Holiday Edition, filled with iconic holiday items from a variety of local ABQ businesses. The box includes tortilla coasters from Seraparito Supply Co., NM Pinon Coffee, honey from Edgewood Honey Farm and more, plus a special bottle from “Hollow Spirits”, one of Albuquerque’s local distilleries.

If the Bulldogs lose, Mayor Dyer will be presenting Mayor Keller with an assortment of some of the finest Fresno has to offer, including Enzo’s Olive oil with our famous Fresno Chiles, assorted beer from our local Brewery District, and candied nuts from Fresno State’s very own farm market.

Kickoff will be at 3:45 p.m. MT (5:45 p.m. ET) and will be aired nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

The Aggies are 10-4 on the season and Fresno State is 8-4.


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