Gov. Pat McCrory announced a friendly wager on Monday’s NCAA basketball championship with his counterpart in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker.
If Duke wins tonight, Walker will send McCrory “an assortment of Wisconsin cheese, root beer and sausage.” If the University of Wisconsin takes home the title, McCrory will owe Walker a shipment of North Carolina barbecue, coleslaw, hushpuppies and Cheerwine.
“North Carolina is so proud of the Blue Devils, and we’re ready and willing to bet our finest North Carolina-made products on the outcome of this game,” McCrory said in a news release. “In the rare event Wisconsin pulls off a victory, Governor Walker will have his choice of the most delicious foods and beverages this country has to offer.”
The news release doesn’t specify what variety of barbecue – eastern or western – McCrory is offering.
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“I’m not getting into that debate,” the governor said Monday on the David Glenn sports radio show. “People have lost elections on that in North Carolina. I’m going to do a mixture of everything.”
McCrory said he and Walker are friends and spoke about the game on Sunday. “I talked trash to Scott yesterday,” McCrory said on the radio show. “I said everyone ought to be given a second chance.”
That last dig was a reference to Duke’s 80-70 victory over the Wisconsin badgers in December.
Before setting the terms of the bet, McCrory took to Twitter and Facebook Sunday for suggestions of what North Carolina products to put on the line.
Barbecue, Bojangles’ fried chicken and local craft beers were among the most popular responses.
But a few Blue Devil haters questioned whether McCrory was the right governor to represent Duke.
McCrory isn’t the first state leader to bet on this year’s NCAA tournament action. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall lost a bet with her Kentucky counterpart when N.C. State lost to Louisville on March 27.
Marshall had to send Kentucky’s Secretary of State a bottle of Covington Vodka, which is made in North Carolina from sweet potatoes.