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Van Hollen, Thompson Put State Pride and Delicacies on the Line in Super Bowl Wager


Location: Washington, DC

Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen and California Congressman Mike Thompson announced the details of a friendly wager over the outcome of this Sunday's matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. As Members of Congress from the two states represented in the championship game, and as passionate fans of their home state teams, they are competing for both bragging rights and sustenance.

If the 49ers win, Congressman Van Hollen will supply his colleague from California with a batch of world-famous Maryland Crab Cakes. If the Ravens win, Congressman Thompson will provide his colleague from Maryland with bottles of wine from Napa, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Lake Counties .

"I look forward to watching an exciting and competitive Super Bowl between the Ravens and Niners, but I am confident that Coach John and his Ravens will ultimately soar to victory and keep our delicacy from the Chesapeake Bay on the right coast," said Congressman Van Hollen. "I look forward to toasting their success with a glass of excellent wine."

"I'm looking forward to celebrating a Niners Super Bowl victory with some great Maryland Crab Cakes," said Congressman Mike Thompson. "With Coach Jim and Colin Kaepernick on our side, I'm confident our wine won't be leaving the west coast."

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