Who knew New York's mayor could be such an insufferable winner?
It took Bill de Blasio three tries Saturday down the 60-foot toboggan slide in Times Square, but when the 52-year-old mayor finally beat his son Dante to the finish line, it was like he had never lost at all. He pumped his fist in the air and rubbed the loss in the 16-year-old's face.
"Score one for the older generation! Victory for the parents! Gotcha! You got nothing! You got nothing!" an out-of-breath and back-pained de Blasio taunted his son. "You got height and youth and hair, but you got nothing else!"
Dante smiled with amusement at his dad's celebration. De Blasio sounded almost as excited as he had on election night, when he won the mayoralty with 73 percent of the vote -- thanks in part to TV ads starring Dante.
The race on the plastic slide kicked off the pilgrimage of Dante, Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray to "Super Bowl Boulevard," the 13-block football-themed carnival that concluded Saturday on Broadway.Joining the throngs on the "boulevard," the city's first family also kicked field goals (or tried to) and got serenaded by an underwear-clad Naked Cowboy.
"I would have done the butt thing but I didn't want to be disrespectful," the Naked Cowboy, aka Robert John Burck, told the mayor, who answered: "You're a man of distinction -- and character, too."
De Blasio joined Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other officials at a "handoff" ceremony -- in which the NFL passed the proverbial torch to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, whose state is hosting the 2015 Super Bowl. On stage, de Blasio was still basking in his morning victory.
"How many of you have been on the toboggan today?" he asked a crowd of thousands. When barely a smattering said yes, he said: "If you have not been on the toboggan yet, you haven't lived. Get in line. It's amazing! I went on the toboggan three times. I don't know if I'll ever recover, but it was a great life experience."