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September 1, 2014

Washington, Colorado Delegations Go Big on Super Bowl Bet

House lawmakers with ties to the championship-seeking teams — the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks — scheduled to duke it out for world dominance Sunday during Super Bowl XLVIII, have raised the stakes by wagering some curious comestibles.

Along with all the obligatory sweets and regional produce, several pols have put genuinely adventurous dining experiences on the table.

Should the Broncos falter, Rep. Cory Gardner, D-Colo., is prepared to treat his counterparts from the Evergreen State to a hearty helping of Rocky Mountain oysters.

Deep-fried bull testicles are the “surprise” specialty locals love to foist upon unsuspecting visitors.

(Ballsy move, sir.)

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., appears determined to light a fire in the competition’s belly, offering up a sample of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey (a decade-old distillery dedicated to producing small batch spirits) along with “tamales” of unspecified origin.

Meanwhile, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., would be willing to part with boxes of select Celestial Seasonings Tea.

Mind you, a sore loser might be tempted to slip the victors a box of senna-laced “LaxaTea”…

Team Washington expressed total faith in the Seahawks, but have agreed to shower the Centennial Staters with the following should Peyton Manning wind up carrying the day.

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., is on the hook for a spread of Vietnamese barbecue from the renowned Rainier Restaurant & BBQ.

Jet-setting gourmet Anthony Bourdain once trekked to RR with his Travel Channel crew to check out the authentic Asian cooking.

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., wants to keep things liquid, selecting Everett’s Bluewater Distilling, an award-winning producer of organic vodka and gin, as his contribution.

Finally, there’s Rep. Denny Heck. The Washington Democrat obviously figured it should be fine to make the winners work for their reward. His passive-aggressive solution?

Hand out Fisher Fair scone mix — aka some-assembly required baked goods.

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  • Meirionnydd

    Cory Gardner is a Republican.

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