Orlando Bishop Takes Shot at L.A. Air Quality

Who would Jesus bet on?

Catholic leaders in Los Angeles and Orlando have made a friendly wager on the outcome of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Magic.

The best-of-seven series starts Thursday night at the Staples Center.

Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony bet a case of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels-labeled wines, he said in a news release.

Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski put up three key lime pies, Florida's official state pie, four pounds of fresh shrimp and a bottle of oxygen. Wenski said the fresh air is offered because of pollution in Los Angeles skies.

Wenski might be interested to note the region's air quality Thursday morning was Moderate to Good, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Mahony counters he's happy to wager fine cathedral wines "produced in the fertile ground and fresh air of California."

Breathe it in, Orlando.

For the record, Lakers coach Phil Jackson wrote the book on sacred hoops. The best seller was published in 1995.

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