Lipinski, Ribble Place Friendly Wager on Bears-Packers Game

Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) and Green Bay Congressman Reid Ribble (WI-08) placed a friendly wager on Sunday’s highly anticipated NFC Championship showdown between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. The 182nd meeting between two of the NFL’s most storied franchises will determine which team represents the National Football Conference in Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6.

“For Bears fans and Packers fans this game is bigger than the Super Bowl,” Congressman Lipinski said. “I’m looking forward to an epic contest in the tradition of George Halas and Vince Lombardi.”  

If the Bears emerge victorious, Congressman Ribble will sport a Bears tie for a day while the House is in session and deliver bratwursts from Maplewood Meats in Green Bay and fried cheese curds from Scray’s Cheese in De Pere to Congressman Lipinski’s office. In the very unlikely event the Packers win, Congressman Lipinski will wear a Packers tie and deliver pizza from the Third District’s Home Run Inn to Congressman Ribble’s office.

“I’ve picked out the brightest Packers tie possible for Congressman Lipinski and am really looking forward to a lovely Chicago-style pizza next week,” Congressman Ribble said.

The last time the Bears and Packers met in a playoff game was on Dec. 14, 1941. On that occasion, Chicago defeated Green Bay 33-14 at Wrigley Field.

“I can’t wait to watch my colleague from across the aisle and over the border sport the Bears’ navy blue and orange on his way through the halls of Congress,” Congressman Lipinski said. “But once I’ve enjoyed that spectacle, along with a good brat – I’ll skip the cheese curds – I hope we’ll have a chance to sit down and figure out what we can agree upon to work together to get done this Congress.”

(January 20, 2011)


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