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Thu., Jan. 26, 2006, 5 p.m.

Here we go again…

With the Superbowl faceoff between the Seahawks and Pittsburgh looming, Gov. Christine Gregoire made a bet this week with Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell.

Gregoire staked the following on a Seahawks' victory: a bushel of apples, Ivar's clam chowder, and Applets and Cotlets.

Rendell's bet:
-A box of "O Dogs" ("Whatever that is," Gregoire said Thursday) from Pittsburgh's "Original Hot Dog Shop"
-Plus a case of Heinz condiments, some local sandwiches and cookies.

More interesting, however, is the second part of their bet.

If the Seahawks win, the team's 12th-man flags will fly in the governor's reception room -- in Harrisburg.

If the Steelers win, their Terrible Towels will, um, grace Washington's state capitol.

Gregoire, recounting the conversation to a Spokane chamber delegation Thursday, said she told Rendell "You can take your towels. You'll be wiping away your tears. You'll be flying our 12th Man flag."

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