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NC senators Tillis, Burr challenge Colo. counterparts in Super Bowl wager

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr

More Panthers pride is at stake now that two senators from North Carolina have struck a wager with their Colorado counterparts, with each agreeing to deliver humbling speeches on the Senate floor pending the outcome of Super Bowl 50.

Republican U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr have challenged Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett, both from Colorado, over Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

The wager requires the freshman senator representing the losing team to deliver a speech on the Senate floor congratulating the Super Bowl champion.

Conditions include:

▪ The losing freshman senator (Tillis or Gardner) must give specific shout-outs to the Super Bowl champion’s head coach, quarterback, fan base and detail the greatness of the Super Bowl champion’s home state.

▪ The losing senators must wear a tie of the winning team’s colors during the speech.

▪ The winning freshman senator must preside over the Senate as the losing freshman delivers his speech.

▪ “For an added dose of humility,” the written remarks must be reviewed and approved in advance by the winning senators.

Arizona Sen. John McCain lost an earlier wager to Tillis when he bet that the Cardinals would top the Panthers during the NFC championship game Jan. 24. The Panthers beat the Cardinals 49-15, securing the team’s spot in the Super Bowl contest in Santa Clara, Calif.

On Monday, McCain delivered his speech, congratulating Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, lauding the team’s “explosive offense” and wearing a blue tie.

Jonathan McFadden: 704-358-6045, @JmcfaddenObsGov