Let the wagering begin
March 30th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Let the wagering begin

Washington (CNN) – A ham versus a duck? No these are not the mascots of the teams playing in Houston, Texas this weekend. It's what's on the line between two governors.

This is a big week for Virginia Commonwealth University, located in Richmond, Virginia as they prepare to play Butler University located in Indianapolis, Indiana, this Saturday for the right to play in the NCAA college national basketball championship game on Monday.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels have decided to place a friendly wager on the game between the two teams who most thought would never be playing each other.

"I don't think anyone ever expected to be watching a # 8 seed play a # 11 seed in a national semifinal game. It could not have happened to two more deserving schools," McDonnell said in a statement.

If the VCU Rams win, Daniels has to send a variety of duck products from Maple Leaf Farms in Milford, Indiana. "I look forward to watching the Rams win the national title in Houston, and enjoying some duck from Maple Leaf Farms when we get back to Richmond. In fact, I might save the duck to serve at the Governors Mansion when I have the Rams over to celebrate their tremendous season." McDonnell said.

And if the Butler Bulldogs win, McDonnell will have to send a Virginia hand-cured country ham from S. Wallace Edwards & Sons in Surry, Virginia.

Daniels seems to be taking the high road, saying, "I love the VCU story. If they somehow find a way to get past Butler, I'm for them."

McDonnell was almost as polite: "Both VCU and Butler are top-flight universities, on and off the court. While I echo Governor Daniels in noting that I love the Butler story, I part ways with my friend on the desired outcome of this game."

VCU, who's campus is just a stones-throw from the Virginia capital, is only the third 11-seed team to make the Final Four in NCAA mens basketball history.

Butler, just five miles from Indiana's capital, is hoping a return trip to the Final Four will end differently. Last year it lost to Duke in the championship game and had a chance to win on a last second shot.

Both governors plan on making the trip to Houston this weekend to route for their teams in person. One of them will return with bragging rights and maybe some duck or ham to go with it.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Indiana • Mitch Daniels • Virginia
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Kateslate

    How dare they take time out for recreation when all these problems exist....(tongue planted firmly in cheek.) Those on "the right" made endless comments about Obama taking the time to fill out brackets, like it was the end of the world or something. Get that nose back on that grindstone and keep it there!

    March 30, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    A Duck?

    Why not trade hogs, fellas? How about a smoke cured ham versus a slow grilled pork loin?

    March 30, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Surry's ham is not better than Smithfield's albeit they're right next to each other. I'm going for VCU, but neither team is going to win the National Championship. UK has it in the bag.

    March 30, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. terry,va

    I like duck better than ham. Va will get the duck as VCU rolls Butler.

    March 30, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Goodness me. Duly elected GOPers who are wasting their valuable Government time on the NCAA College games. Say it ain't so . . . Thought we'd already covered this when President Obama was discussing the NBA? Oops - my bad. He's - well - Obama, and therefore open to every nonstop complaint known to GOPer/TeaPer mania.

    March 30, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |