BOSTON -- In political Washington, D.C., even a friendly wager on the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues becomes a serious negotiation.
U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and Stephen Lynch, D-Ma., are bandying about what popular state delicacies they will give the other if Clay's Blues win or Lynch' Bruins win in the best-of-7 series.
Clay laid down a marker Friday, betting Lynch St. Louis-made sweets from Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier, some "Anheuser-Busch products" and a slab of St. Louis ribs if the Bruins win.
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The ribs were added after some of Clay's Massachusetts colleagues in the House rejected an earlier offer of another St. Louis dining favorite.
"It wasn't a big deal for those Massachusetts guys when I offered them toasted ravioli," Clay said. "They were made in St. Louis, it's a St. Louis tradition."
Lynch, whose congressional district include TD Garden, countered Wednesday with a Boston cream pie, a case of Massachusetts-brewed Harpoon beer and a half dozen live lobsters if Clay's Blues defeat the Bruins.
"Rep. Clay can decide if he wants to eat them or set them free," said Molly Tarpey, Lynch's communications director.
With the series tied, Clay is confident that the Blues will end decades of disappointment for St. Louis fans. The Bruins swept the Blues in the 1970 Cup Final.
"This moment brings a lot into perspective as far as St. Louis sports fans who have suffered through 49 years of disappointment in not seeing their Blues get to the Stanley Cup Final or being washed out in the first or second round of the western conference playoffs," Clay said.