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Alabama, Georgia representatives place bets on national championship winner

January 9, 2018 GMT

Athens Mayor Nancy Denson and the U.S. House Representative Jody Hice are both very confident in the University of Georgia football team winning the national championship tonight.

So confident that both have bet on a Bulldog win.

Denson’s wager is against the Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox for something neither of them can get back if their team loses -- their pride.

The two mayors have agreed that if the University of Alabama wins, Denson will wear an Alabama shirt to the following televised Athens-Clarke County Commission meeting.

Additionally, Denson will donate $100 to the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative and send beer from three well-known Athens breweries: Creature Comforts, Terrapin and The Southern Brewing Company, according to a press release from the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government.

If Georgia wins, Maddox will wear a Bulldogs shirt to the following Tuscaloosa City Council meeting. Maddox will also donate $100 to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank and send beer from three Tuscaloosa area breweries: Band of Brothers Brewing Company, Black Warrior Brewing Company, and Druid City Brewing, according to the press release.

Hice of Georgia District 10 announced a similar bet with the U.S. House Representative. Terri Sewell of Alabama District 7, according to a press release from Hice’s office.

If Georgia take home the win, Sewell will wear Bulldog apparel to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and yell “How ’bout them Dawgs!” and hand deliver Tuscaloosa’s Dreamland ribs to Hice’s office.

If Alabama wins, Hice agrees to wear an Alabama tie and the trademark houndstooth Bear Bryant hat to the steps of the Capitol, yell “Roll Tide,” and hand deliver Georgia barbecue to Sewell’s office as well.

“I applaud my colleague for her confidence in her team, despite facing an all-star team of winners in the Dawgs, led by the incomparable Kirby Smart, SEC Freshman of the Year Jake Fromm, and the dynamic duo of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb,” said Hice in the press release. “I’m looking forward to Representative Sewell’s impending proclamation of ‘How ‘bout them Dawgs!’ and enjoying some Alabama barbecue. Glory, glory to ole Georgia!”

The kickoff for the national championship is today at 8 p.m.

With rivalry flaring and confidence through the roof for both teams’ loyal fans, the wagers on the table add more pressure to the much-anticipated game.