/Cheesecake, Ribs and Press Release ‘Quips’: The Art of the Political Sports Bet

Cheesecake, Ribs and Press Release ‘Quips’: The Art of the Political Sports Bet

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Governors Jay Nixon and Andrew Cuomo have an elaborate bet on the World Series.

You might have missed this, and who could blame you if you had, but Representatives Grace Meng of New York and Lynne Jenkins of Kansas have a bet riding on the World Series. So look out, constituents: Things can get crazy when elected officials try to act all human-like.

Meng, from Queens, is backing the Mets, of course, and Jenkins is for the Kansas City Royals. The particulars of their bet call for the losing lawmaker to don the winning team’s jersey and be photographed in said jersey while congratulating the winner of the bet — thus ensuring preservation of another politician’s awkward smile for posterity.

According to a joint news release, Jenkins “laughed”:

“The Mets have some decent pitching, but as Rex Hudler” – a television commentator for the Royals and a former baseball player – “always says, you can’t sneak a piece of cheese by a hungry rat.”

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