Catholic Archbishops Make 'Friendly Wager' on NBA Finals

Jun 05, 2004, 01:00 ET from Archdiocese of Detroit

    DETROIT, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The cardinal-archbishops of Los Angeles
 and Detroit have put a little something on the NBA Finals between the Lakers
 and the Pistons.
     In a phone conversation on Friday, June 4th, Cardinal Roger Mahony
 "wagered" a shipment of silk-screened t-shirts and baked goods from a unique
 job training facility. With the slogan "Jobs Not Jails," Homeboys Industries
 ( is a first stop center offering a second
 chance to at-risk, gang-impacted youth in Los Angeles County.  If the Pistons
 win the series, the products would be sent to Detroit and distributed in local
 homeless shelters.
     For his part, Cardinal Adam Maida put up a case of Friar Rick's home-
 raised spring honey along with canned goods and jams.  They come by way of
 Brother Rick Samyn, OFM Capuchin, coordinator of the Earth Works Urban Farm in
 the City (  Located in the core city, Earth Works
 involves the local community and would-be farmers in growing organic produce
 for their own consumption and others.  If the Lakers win the series, the farm
 goods would be sent to Los Angeles and distributed to low-income families.
     "I am looking forward to a great series, but in the end, there will be no
 stopping the Lakers," said Cardinal Mahony.  "This friendly wager gives me the
 opportunity to highlight a wonderful program for at-risk youths, while
 cheering on a wonderful basketball team at the same time. Go Lakers!"
     Likewise, Cardinal Maida is looking forward to a great series and predicts
 it will go seven games.  "The Pistons have a great work ethic," the cardinal
 said.  "And in the end, that will help them prevail."  There's a chance this
 could be "sweet deal" for Los Angeles, Cardinal Maida said.  "But more than
 likely they're going to lose their shirts.  And the series!"
     Contacts:   In Detroit:      Ned McGrath   313.237.5943   313.886.4114
                 In Los Angeles:  Tod Tamberg   213.637.7216   213.216.8395

SOURCE Archdiocese of Detroit