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Congresswomen Adams & DeGette Enter Panthers V. Broncos Super Bowl 50 Wager, Honda to Officiate

Feb 3, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC — In anticipation of Super Bowl 50’s showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, U.S. Representatives Alma S. Adams (NC-12) and Diana DeGette (CO-01) placed hometown dishes on the line in a wager on whose team will triumph this Super Bowl Sunday in Santa Clara. The loser will be responsible for providing local food and drink from her congressional district to the other member. Representative Mike Honda (CA-17) has agreed to officiate the wager and keep the competition ‘friendly’.

“Throughout the playoffs, I’ve had wagers in place with Members of Congress from Washington and Arizona. My Panthers pulled through every game and I’m looking forward to those Members of Congress paying out with their home state goods,” said Congresswoman Adams. “This Sunday will be no different. The Panthers will be the Super Bowl 50 champions and will take home that Lombardi Trophy. I can’t wait to join them at the White House when the President congratulates them. I’m so sure of it; I’m willing to provide Rep. DeGette with a hat from my prized collection, if it doesn’t go our way.”

“My Broncos play their best game when the odds are stacked against them. With Peyton calling plays and the league’s best defense shutting down anything that comes their way, we have what it takes to bring another Lombardi Trophy back to Denver,” said Rep. DeGette. “The sweetness of this Broncos victory will go perfectly with a nice plate of North Carolina barbeque.”

"While the Niners and Raiders rest up for Super Bowl LI, I will proudly welcome NFL fans from both the Rockies and the Carolinas to see how amazing life can be in America's greatest valley – Silicon Valley,” said Congressman Mike Honda. “As an impartial referee, I will sample both wagers to ensure both teams have tried their hardest. In exchange, I'll provide the winner with a celebratory bottle of fine California wine. For the loser, a sixer of the best craft beer in the country to calm their sorrows."

Rep. Adams wagered homemade cookies from the Carolina Cookie Company in Greensboro, Cheerwine from Salisbury and North Carolina’s famous Bojangles chicken and biscuits. Congresswoman Adams is so confident in the Panthers; she has even placed a hat from her beloved 1,000 plus collection on the line, if they don’t win.   Rep. DeGette wagered bison burgers and beer from Denver Beer Company.

Reps. DeGette and Adams have agreed to open a side bet with President Obama after he shared his interest in the game at the Democratic Issues Conference late last week.