Murray, Cantwell place friendly wager on Seahawks

By:  Seattle Times – Jennifer Sullivan
Source: Seattle Times

Seahawks mania has hit the Capitol with Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell placing a “friendly wager” of oysters and beer with Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La.

If the New Orleans Saints win Saturday’s National Football Conference divisional playoff game, Murray and Cantwell will be delivering oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms and Pike Place Ale to Landrieu’s office, according to a news release. If the Hawks win, charbroiled oysters and Abita Amber will go to Murray and Cantwell.

“I’m very confident going into Saturday knowing that the 12th man will be out in full force,” Murray said in a news release.  “In fact, in the spirit of good old-fashioned Senatorial courtesy, I told Senator Landrieu to keep the mute button handy if she doesn’t want it to sound like 67,000 of our die-hard fans are in her living room. But I don’t expect Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas or any Hawk to extend any courtesies to the Saints, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Louisiana’s well-seasoned seafood stacks up with the natural bounty of the Pacific Northwest.”

Sen. Cantwell said there’s ” no way the Saints can prepare for the roar of Seattle’s key advantage – the 12th Man. Not only does Washington state have one of the NFL’s premier football teams, but our seafood and craft brewing industries are second-to-none.”

From Sen. Landrieu’s camp:

“Fresh off a hard fought victory and the first road win in franchise history, the Saints are marching into Seattle. As we proved last week, the Saints can play well away from home, and I’m confident our boys will pull out a win. The Who Dat Nation is ready for a rematch against the Seahawks,” the Louisiana senator said in a news release. “When we win, I look forward to celebrating a Saints victory with Maria and Patty and tasting Washington spoils, which I’m sorry, just do not compare to gulf oysters or beer brewed from the Abita Spring.  Washington oysters are seasoned with salt and rain while Louisiana oysters are covered in garlic, butter and greatness.”