Loser eats dinner wearing winner's jersey

Updated: June 3, 2004, 9:34 PM ET
Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. -- The NBA Finals could lead to a long-distance dinner of Michigan or California favorites for the states' respective governors.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger placed a friendly bet Thursday as the Detroit Pistons prepare to play the Los Angeles Lakers in the league's championship series.

If Detroit wins the series, Schwarzenegger would dine on Michigan-made foods including a pasty -- a warm, baked pastry filled with meat, potatoes and vegetables. He'd get chocolate-covered cherries for dessert, washed down with a Vernor's ginger ale.

The action-film star would have to eat the meal at his desk, wearing a Pistons jersey.

If Los Angeles takes the crown, Granholm will receive a bottle of California wine, fresh California asparagus, an In-N-Out Burger from the California-based fast food chain, and fresh California strawberries and ice cream for dessert.

Granholm would have to eat her meal while wearing a Lakers jersey.

The NBA finals begin Sunday in Los Angeles.

The Pistons are making their first appearance in the finals since 1990. The Lakers have won three of the last four NBA championships.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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