Ann Arbor lawmakers make friendly wager with Ohio lawmakers on this weekend's Michigan game
Two state lawmakers representing Ann Arbor have made a friendly wager with their counterparts in the Ohio Legislature on the outcome of this weekend's football game.
Lawmakers on the losing end of the wager will have to sing the opposing team's fight song on a local radio station in the winning team's hometown.
"I'm looking forward to hearing our friends from Columbus sing 'Hail to the Victors' following our triumphant win this Saturday against the Buckeyes," said Irwin, a U-M alumnus.
Ouimet said he likes the odds.
"I've been very impressed with Michigan's defense, how they've stepped up and played so well this season," Ouimet said. "I'm extremely optimistic about our chances this weekend. Michigan's D is exactly the kind of defense that can stop OSU's multi-talented quarterback."
The U-M-OSU game, first played in 1897, is one of the most intense rivalries in college football. Although Michigan leads the series by a 57-44-6 record, Ohio State has won the game the past seven years.
But the Wolverines are favored to win on Saturday.
Lawmakers on the losing end of the wager this weekend also are expected to provide the winners with gift baskets filled with local products.
Stinziano, D-Columbus, said it'd be very little problem to assemble a gift basket, "But we expect to keep our gift baskets and we expect Ohio State to beat the Wolverines."
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