AMHERST, Mass. – With the New England Patriots winning Super Bowl 51 in record-breaking fashion, Ken Toong, executive director of auxiliary enterprises at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is looking forward to collecting on a friendly food wager made before the game with his counterparts at the University of Georgia in Athens.
This was the seventh time Toong participated in such a wager. The Patriots' win increases his record to 5-2.
Toong says he awaits some regional delicacies from his counterpart at UG. Toong pitched his idea for the wager to Robert Holden, associate vice president for auxiliary services at the University of Georgia’s Athens campus. Holden will be sending Toong a southern feast for six that will include shrimp and grits, Georgia pecan pie and boiled peanuts.
Toong plans to enjoy the meal with six lucky students at the University Club and Restaurant on the Amherst campus.
If the Falcons had won, Toong promised to send a New England clambake for six, plus Boston cream pie and a cranberry spinach salad.
Before the game, Toong said, “It’s going to be a tight game between two great teams. I think we have an edge because of the playoff experience of Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick. In terms of a friendly wager, the University of Georgia has an excellent dining program and we know each other well. We look forward to sampling shrimp and grits and Georgia pecan pie. Bring it on!”