KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Clearly, Rep. Greg Landsman is getting the better end of this deal.
The Ohio Democrat, who represents Cincinnati, accepted a “friendly bet” from two Kansas City-area Democrats in the US House of Representatives, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and Rep. Sharice Davids, ahead of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Kansas City Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals in a rematch of last season’s AFC title game.
“As a co-sponsor of the Big Cat Public Safety Act that became law this past Congress, I am a strong believer in protecting all kinds of majestic Big Cats, but I’m making an exception for the Bengals this weekend,” Cleaver said in a statement. “Even with a sprained ankle, I’m so confident that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will win against Joe Burrow and the Bengals that I’m willing to bet some of Kansas City’s world-class barbecue on the matchup. When the Chiefs inevitably march to the Super Bowl, I can’t wait to enjoy the win with some of Cincinnati’s famous Skyline chili.”
Quarterback Joe Burrow and the Bengals beat the Chiefs three straight, including two regular season meetings in Cincinnati and last season’s AFC title game in Kansas City.
The Bengals, who have never won a Super Bowl, lost to the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI.
“Kansas City has the best team, the best fans and the best barbecue — something Rep. Landsman is about to learn,” Davids said in a statement. “I appreciate his confidence, but it takes more than confidence to win a Super Bowl. We would know!
If Kansas City wins, Landsman will have to don a Chiefs jersey and supply some of Cincy’s famous Skyline chili to Cleaver and Davids.
If Cincinnati wins, Cleaver and Davids must don a Bengals jersey and buy Landsman authentic Kansas City barbecue.
“I’m feeling very good about Joey B and our Cincinnati Bengals as they take on the Chiefs for what we hope will be a fourth straight win,” Landsman said in a statement. “I feel so good, in fact, that I can’t wait for my Kansas City colleagues – Representatives Emanuel Cleaver and Sharice Davids – to wear orange and black for the halls of the United States Capitol as I enjoy some of the Kansas City’s best grill shows next week.Chi Dey!
Doesn’t seem fair given the world-class quality of Chiefs Kingdom’s barbecue compared to Cincy’s famous chili – I mean, is that spaghetti? Is it soup?
For what it’s worth, sports gambling isn’t yet legal in Missouri, but it’s allowed in Kansas, Ohio and Washington, DC