Maryland officials place bets as Redskins, Ravens prep for playoffs

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Local,Maryland,Matt Connolly

As the state's two NFL teams prepare for playoff games, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown are raising the stakes a bit.

If the Washington Redskins make it further in the playoffs than the Baltimore Ravens, O'Malley will have to attend the Feb. 6 Board of Public Works meeting wearing a Redskins jersey. If the Ravens go further, Brown will have to wear their jersey to the meeting.

Maryland is the only state with two NFL playoff teams, and Sunday will be the first time the Ravens and Redskins have played simultaneous playoff games.

"Although my first allegiance lies with the Skins, I take pride in the fact that we have two amazing franchises here in Maryland," Brown. "I wish both teams the very best of luck and I'm looking forward to seeing Governor O'Malley draped in the Burgundy and Gold."

O'Malley offered his support to both teams, unless they meet in a Beltway Super Bowl.

"It is remarkable for our region and a major economic boost that we are the only state that is home to two NFL teams in the playoffs this year," he said. "Both teams have given Marylanders hope and inspired fans all across the nation."

O'Malley and Brown aren't the only local officials with a playoff wager. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker challenged Dow Constantine, executive of King County, Wash. -- home of the Seattle Seahawks -- to a coffee bet. The loser of Sunday's game must send the winner a gift basket of local roasts.

mconnolly@washingtonexaminer.com

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