There's more than a Super Bowl bid riding on Sunday's National Football League showdown between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.
senators representing those teams' states, Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), announced Friday they had placed a "friendly
wager" on the NFC championship game.
The shamed loser must prepare for the winning team's constituents a home-state meal — while wearing the winning team's jersey.
Klobuchar, should the Vikings lose, will have to make gumbo for Landrieu's constituents, likely while wearing Saints' quarterback Drew Brees's jersey.
Landrieu, if the Saints fail, will have to cook Minnesota wild rice casserole for
Klobuchar, wearing — you guessed it — Minnesota quarterback Brett
“Louisianians have waited 43 long, and sometimes agonizing, seasons but I believe this is going to be the year the Saints get to the Super Bowl,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Coach Sean Payton, Drew Brees and all the players have brought this franchise a long way and the team is undoubtedly the heart and soul of New Orleans.
"My prediction is that the Vikings will
need some hot gumbo from Sen. Klobuchar to warm them up on their cold
march back to Minnesota!" Landrieu added. "But if the Saints can’t pull
it out, we’ll just keep our fingers crossed that Minnesotans like their
wild rice casserole with crawfish and Tabasco.”
Joked Klobuchar: “I hope for the sake of Mary’s constituents that the Saints don’t win, because I’ve never even made gumbo! But I have strong faith in the Vikings that they’ll pull this game out and move on to the Super Bowl, and I’ll never have to learn to make the gumbo! We in Minnesota have been waiting a long time for this.”