Senate Women Bet Beer and Oysters on NFL Game

Making sports bets is a Capitol Hill tradition.

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Center Brian de la Puente of the New Orleans Saints prepares to hike the ball against the Seattle Seahawks Dec. 2, 2013, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The loser of a bet between senators from Louisiana and Washington on the playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks will provide the winners with home-state beer and oysters.

You know it's official when it's in writing.

On Thursday, a U.S. Senate press release went out to announce that three women of the Senate would be making a bet on one of this weekend's NFL playoff games, which pits the Seattle Seahawks against the New Orleans Saints. Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have placed a "friendly wager" on the game with Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. (The other Louisiana senator, Republican David Vitter, is not involved.)

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The loser will present the winner (or winners) with some home-state beer and oysters. Landrieu has pledged to give up charbroiled oysters and Abita Amber, a Munich-style lager, if the Saints lose. Murray and Cantwell offered Pike Pale Ale and oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms if the Seahawks choke.

And a sports bet is never complete without some smack talk.

"When we win, I look forward to celebrating a Saints victory with Maria and Patty and tasting Washington spoils, which I'm sorry, just do not compare to gulf oysters and beer brewed from the Abita Springs," Landrieu said in the release. "Washington oysters are seasoned with salt and rain while Louisiana oysters are covered in garlic, butter and greatness."

The Washington senators smacked right back, touting the Seahawks' home-field advantage.

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"I'm very confident going into Saturday knowing that the 12th man will be out in full force," Murray said. (The "12th Man" is a term used for fans in the Seahawks' stadium.) "In fact, in the spirit of good old-fashioned Senatorial courtesy, I told Senator Landrieu to keep the mute button handy if she doesn't want it to sound like 67,000 of our die-hard fans in her living room."

Cantwell also applauded her team's die-hard football fans.

"Not only does Washington state have one of the NFL's premier football teams, but our seafood and craft brewing industries are second-to-none," she said.

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