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Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 5:39 p.m.

Ann Arbor lawmakers make friendly wager with Ohio lawmakers on this weekend's Michigan game

By Ryan J. Stanton

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.


Mark Ouimet


Jeff Irwin

State Reps. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, and Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Township, bet Ohio state Reps. Michael Stinziano and John Carney, both of whom represent parts of Columbus, that Michigan will win over Ohio State when the two teams meet on Saturday.

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."

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to's e-mail newsletters.



Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 2:28 p.m.

Could we just send both of these guys to Ohio and Forget the bet?


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 12:25 p.m.

this is news....who really cares just don't re-elect them


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 4:27 a.m.

Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! all is fun and games here while everything around us is falling apart. So called politicians need to keep there focus on the problems at hand. Do the job you where elected to do. You should have no time for fun and games.

tom swift jr.

Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 11:08 p.m.

Are these guys up for re-election or something?

Ryan J. Stanton

Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 11:12 p.m.

Yes, they are up for re-election in 2012.