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Putting some chips on the Zags

When a sports team from around here plays in a big contest with a team from elsewhere, Washington politicians usually have to have something riding on the outcome.

In 2007, when the Seahawks played the Chicago Bears in the NFL playoffs, Gov. Chris Gregoire bet salmon and apples against barbecue and hot dogs with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Apparently he didn’t have any political positions seats to put up that week.)

In 2006, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers bet North Carlina Rep. Patrick McHenry a salmon dinner to a barbecue dinner that the Seahawks would beat the Panthers in the playoffs. She collected. Two weeks later, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell bet Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum salmon, apples and coffee aganist pierogies and wings, the ‘Hawks would beat the Steelers in the Superbowl. They had to pay.

In 2005, when Eastern Washington University’s football team played Montana in “the Governor’s Cup,” she bet a salmon she’d caught against some of Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s buffalo steaks.

Friday, Gregoire’s office announced she has a bet with North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue on tonight’s Gonzaga-North Carolina baskeball game.

Bet you can’t guess what she bet…


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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