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Gray and His B'More Counterpart Bet on Football

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D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray spent the day with Stephanie Rawlngs-Blake, president of the Baltimore City Council. The two exchanged ideas about school reform, visited the Verizon Center, dined at Clyde's restaurant and traveled across the Anacostia River to see the new Giant grocery and shopping center in Ward 8.

Then the two took up the serious business of the day: talking trash about their city's respective NFL teams and the game on Dec. 7th. They'd already exchanged letters about the contest.

"In the highly unlikely event that the Baltimore Ravens win this match up, then I will arrange for you and your staff to join me for dinner at Washington DC's famous and special restaurant Ben's Chili Bowl," Gray had written in a letter to his counterpart. "Not withstanding that your team will have home field advantage for this game, I am extremely confident that our City's Washington Redskins will come up the parkway and be victorious on game day."

The game is at M&T Bank Stadium, and Rawlings-Blake insists that the Redskins are going to have a tough time against the 4-1 Ravens.

"If, in the highly unlikely event that the Washington Redskins win the football game, then I will deliver lunch to the Office of the Chairman and staff of the D.C. Council," Rawlings-Blake wrote. "Please note that we had agreed to a batch of crab cakes and not a bushel of crabs as was outlined in your Nov. 7, 2008" note.

In addition one of her employees, "an unabashed Redskins fan," would be detailed to the D.C. Council for the day.

Now, they've just got to wait until kick-off!

Hamil R. Harris

By Marcia Davis  |  November 14, 2008; 4:41 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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