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Middlesex sheriffs loses NBA bet, but charities win

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UPDATED June 17: The NBA finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics has drawn coast-to-coast attention, including from the sheriffs of both San Francisco and Middlesex County, and the Warriors won June 16, four games to two.

San Francisco Sheriff Paul Miyamoto and Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian -- colleagues and friends through Major County Sheriffs of America (MSCA) -- spoke by phone recently, agreeing to a wager for charity.  

“It’s been 58 years since we’ve faced off in the finals, and I am confident that our Warriors are going to take the trophy,” said Sheriff Miyamoto, in a June 5 news release. “But everyone will be a winner because the runner up has to make a donation to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of their respective county.”

FYI: The Cousy-Russell Celtics won, four games to one, to take the 1964 title.

Besides the donation, the losing sheriff, Koutoujian, will pose for a photo, wearing the apparel of the 2022 NBA championship team, which will be posted to social media. 

“Golden State and the Bay State are leaders on and off the court. Sheriff Miyamoto and I, as well as our staffs, have partnered through MCSA to improve our agencies and the crucial work of sheriffs.  However, this week we are rivals,” said Koutoujian. “I have no doubt that Sheriff Miyamoto will be donning Celtics green come next week as we hang banner 18 in the Garden.”  

Miyamoto responded: “Our only Green is Draymond Green. I’ve already bought a blue-and-gold DubNation sweatshirt for Sheriff Koutoujian. I respect him and admire the work he's done for his community but at the end of this series, we are hopeful that the trophy will stay in the bay . . .  the San Francisco Bay."

Joking aside, the real beneficiaries will be the children of Boys and Girls Clubs in San Francisco and Middlesex counties.


This news announcement was published Monday, June 6, 2022. YourArlington duly notes that the Celtics play in TDGarden, whch is in Suffolk County. It was updated June 7, to add link, and June 14, to note series.

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