County executives make friendly football playoff bet

January 5, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 5, 2013

Leaders in the home communities for the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins engaged in a friendly rivalry in the days before the teams meet on the gridiron.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Prince George’s County, Md., Executive Rushern Baker each put up a case of coffee on the outcome.

The java comes from from local producers — Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Diva Espresso and other locally roasted coffees from King County, and 8 O’Clock Bean Coffee from Cheverly, Md.

The county CEOs also agreed for the loser to wear the winning team’s jersey to community service events in January. The effort is meant to promote National Mentoring Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects.

“I am pleased to make this friendly wager with Prince George’s County Executive Baker to highlight King County’s world-famous coffee, our commitment to community service and our beloved Seattle Seahawks,” Constantine said in a statement. “Go Hawks!”

Constantine and Baker made the wager via webcam Thursday, before the Redskins (10-6) host the Seahawks (11-5) at FedEx Field at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. (FedEx Field is in unincorporated Prince George’s County.)

“This is a very exciting time for Prince George’s County to host its first NFL playoff game since 1999,” Baker said in a statement. “Our entire region has been so inspired by the performance of the Redskins and I am confident that they will be victorious this Sunday.”

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