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Barbecue on the line for title game
Members of Congress wager food, clothing choices over Alabama-UGA
Hice supports the Bulldogs
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., and his wife, Dee Dee, represent Athens and the University of Georgia campus.

More than the college football national championship will be on the line when the universities of Georgia and Alabama meet Monday night.

The members of Congress who represent the participating schools have placed what they’re describing as a friendly wager over the title game.

Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., is offering Georgia barbecue to his colleague, Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., if the Bulldogs lose Monday.

In exchange, Sewell would give ribs from the famous Dreamland restaurant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, should the Crimson Tide fall.

“This Monday, the only thing sweeter than the taste of Alabama Dreamland ribs will be the taste of victory when the Crimson Tide takes home their 17th national title,” Sewell said.

Hice is having none of it.

“I applaud my colleague for her confidence in her team, despite facing an all-star team of winners in the Dawgs, led by the incomparable Kirby Smart, SEC Freshman of the Year Jake Fromm and the dynamic duo of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb,” he said.

Workday attire is at stake as well.

A Georgia win means Sewell would wear University of Georgia apparel to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and say, “How ’bout them Dawgs!” before delivering the ribs to Hice’s office.

An Alabama win means Hice would wear an Alabama tie and a houndstooth hat, in the style of the late ’Bama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, deliver a “Roll Tide” on the Capitol steps then deliver the Georgia barbecue to Sewell’s staff.

“There will be no better way to celebrate our nation’s greatest college football team than over some Georgia barbecue provided by my friend and colleague, Rep. Hice,” Sewell said. “With Alabama’s tough defense and winning ground game, it looks like Rep. Hice may never get to taste Alabama’s Dreamland ribs! Roll Tide Roll!”

Hice answered, “I’m looking forward to Rep. Sewell’s impending proclamation of ‘How ’bout them Dawgs!’ and enjoying some Alabama barbecue. Glory, glory to ol’ Georgia!”

The mayors of Athens and Tuscaloosa have gotten in on the fun as well, wagering beer from the local microbreweries, charitable donations as well as T-shirts.

Even meteorologists are letting food ride on the game. WSB meteorologist Brad Nitz, who provides forecasts at Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, wagered food from Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A against Birmingham meteorologist James Spann, who is seen on forecasts at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

Spann also put Dreamland barbecue on the line should the Tide not win its second national title in three seasons.