Congress Bets on Bowl Games

Dingell is hoping her Wolverines will clobber the Gators and she can collect some key lime pie. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s bowl season and Congress is showing support for its home teams.  

Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., are wagering hometown foods on the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. If the University of Florida wins the New Year’s Day game, Dingell owes Wasserman Schultz food from Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Mich. If the University of Michigan wins, Wasserman Schultz owes Dingell key lime pies from Bob Roth’s New River Groves in Davie, Fla.  

The game was on Dingell's mind when she was composing her first "Dingell Jingle" for the holidays:

In Michigan there’s another pressing concern Will the Wolverines have the victory they’ve earned To be sure, winning the Citrus Bowl is a must Happy holidays to you and your family, and in Harbaugh we trust.

Meanwhile, two former college athletes, Reps. Roger Williams, R-Texas, and Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., made a bet on the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, where their two alma maters will play on Jan. 2.  

Williams was a Texas Christian University baseball center fielder, and if the Horned Frogs win, Zinke owes him a bison burger. Zinke was a University of Oregon football center and if the Ducks win, Williams owns him Texas-style barbeque.  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said at his end-of-the year press conference that he will be at the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec. 30.  

His alma mater, the University of Louisville, plays Texas A&M. The leader was seen tailgating a month ago at a Louisville football game. No word on whether the Kentucky Republican is wagering any Aggies on the result, though.

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