It’s among city officials.
Both cities claim Queen City as their nickname. Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter and other Charlotte officials apparently don’t appreciate that, so they went to social media to challenge their rival city.
They’ve dubbed the 1 p.m. game at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium “The Queen City Bowl.’’ They even have a hashtag -- #QCBowl -- to promote their cause.
Mayor Clodfelter went so far as to tape a video while standing outside of -- appropriately -- Queens University. Here’s what he said:
“Hi, I’m Dan Clodfelter, the mayor of Charlotte, THE QUEEN CITY. And I’m here this morning to get something straight. I’ve been hearing some talk from this place up in Ohio that says they’re the Queen City. And I came out here to tell you that’s not true. They’ve got it all wrong.
“I’m standing here this morning on the proof of that. I’m standing on the campus of the Queens University. You can’t be the Queen City if you don’t have the Queens University, and we’ve got it right here in Charlotte . . . founded in 1857. Take that Cincinnati.’’
Clodfelter proceeded to give a history lesson about how the city of Charlotte was founded after a real queen, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III of Great Britain -- and Cincinnati was not.
The Panthers (3-2) go in a decided underdog in this battle for bragging rights. Cincinnati (3-1) has won 11 straight at home and is favored by 6 ½ to 7 points, according to Las Vegas odds.
The cities have agreed that the loser must give the winner a symbolic item relevant to its city.
Stay tune. It may be the only bowl the Panthers play in this season.