Nothing unites politicians from warring parties quite like a good sports wager, and the Final Four college basketball games on Saturday offer a perfect opportunity.

The most anticipated contest of the weekend is between two unlikely finalists, Butler University in Indiana, and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

To wit, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) joined his fellow Virginian, Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott, in a friendly wager with Indiana Democratic Rep. André Carson and Republican Rep. Dan Burton.

This isn't the first time Cantor and Scott have crossed the aisle to pair up: The two Richmond area representatives sat together earlier this year at President Obama's State of the Union address.

Speaking of the sports bet, Cantor said, "Although my friend Bobby and I may not always agree on everything, one thing's for sure, when it comes to Saturday's game we are united in our support of Rams Nation and look forward to cheering on the team as they rise from Richmond to beat Butler in Houston." Both Cantor and Scott have announced plans to attend the game.

Should Butler beat VCU, the Virginia lawmakers promised to send Burton and Carson a "fine Virginia wine and gourmet peanuts."

The goodies are intended to compliment Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) wager with his Indiana counterpart, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), of a hand-cured Virginia country ham. Daniels responded in kind with an offer of Indiana roast duck breast.

For their part, if VCU is victorious, Burton and Carson will send the Old Dominion duo a box of cupcakes decorated with VCU colors and popcorn from Indianapolis.

It does not appear that the popcorn and cupcakes were coordinated to compliment roast duck.

But Scott didn't seem to mind. "Eric and I look forward to feasting on cupcakes and popcorn this weekend."

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