With The Ohio State University and the University of Oregon football teams bound for the first ever college football playoff championship on Monday, U.S. Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have made a friendly, albeit competitive, wager on the outcome of the game with U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oreg.).
If The Ohio State University is victorious, Wyden and Merkley will join Portman and Brown in spelling out "O-H-I-O." If the University of Oregon wins, Portman and Brown will learn how to "throw the O" alongside the Oregon Duck. All parties have pledged to fulfill the bet in public on the Capitol steps.
"I'm looking forward to seeing our Buckeyes bring home a national championship on Monday," Portman said. "Whether you're from Urban, Ohio or a Buckeye on the Bay, Ohioans are ready for a championship and I'll be ready to show my friends from Oregon how to OH-IO!"
"As a proud alum of The Ohio State University – I look forward to watching the Buckeyes bring home the first ever college football playoff championship," Brown said. "The waterfowl of Eugene will put up a strong and respectable effort but will ultimately migrate back to Oregon empty handed. I accept Sens. Wyden and Merkley's wager and look forward to helping them spell out the name of our great state after the game. Go Bucks!"
"We make this wager in full confidence that Oregon will win Monday night with its high-octane offense led by Heisman winner Marcus Mariota and its swarming, ball-hawking defense," Wyden and Merkley said. "And we of course look forward to showing our friends from Ohio how to make the universal symbol for Ducks' dominance."