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Governor Whitmer and Governor DeWine place a bet on the University of Michigan and Ohio State game

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio have made a friendly bet ahead of the rivalry football game between the University of Michigan and Ohio State University, commonly referred to as “The Game.”

“In The Game’s 118-year history, this weekend’s clash could be the most momentous yet as two undefeated teams risk their seasons,” he said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “But when time is up, only one team will be crowned The Victors. So I have a good feeling about this year’s bet with Ohio Governor DeWine. That win moves on to the Big Ten championship game and almost certainly a guaranteed berth in the College Football Playoffs. Go Blue!”

That year, Governor Whitmer presented a Detroit-style gift package, including the famous Buddy’s Pizza, a dessert from Good Cakes and Bakes, and a case of Vernor’s Ginger Ale, which is known to cure all ailments except perhaps a great loss for the wolverines.

In 2021, she deployed a gift pack of famous Michigan-made cherry candies and treats from Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor. In 2019, Governor Whitmer bet a box of goodies from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor.

“With Ohio State and Michigan both entering The Game undefeated and with Big Ten Championship Game and College Football Playoff spots at stake, the eyes of American sports fans will be on Columbus, Ohio and Ohio Stadium tomorrow,” he said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “I’m proud and confident of our Buckeye football team again this year and I’m ready to put some skin in The Game with another friendly bet showcasing great Ohio food. OH!”

That year, Governor DeWine offered Buckeye’s pizza from Adriatico’s on the OSU campus; Stewart’s Root Beer, which was founded in Mansfield, Ohio in 1924; and the legendary jumbo cream puffs from Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in Columbus.

In 2021, he bet on a selection of Ohio candy, including cream puffs from Schmidt’s in Columbus, black raspberry chip ice cream from Graeter’s in Cincinnati, chocolate-covered pretzels from Malley’s in Cleveland, and horse chestnuts from Marsha’s Homemade Buckeyes in Perrysburg. Governor DeWine also dropped a basket of Ohio’s famous horse chestnuts in 2019.

On Saturday, November 26 at 12:00 p.m., the University of Michigan Wolverines will take on the Ohio State University Buckeyes for the 118th meeting of The Game. First played in 1897, the Wolverines lead the series 59-51-6. In 2021, the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes 42-27.

Prior to the rivalry football game, Governor Whitmer declared Saturday, November 26, as Michigan’s Beat the Buckeyes Day. To view the full proclamation, click here.

Governor Whitmer is the proud mother of two University of Michigan students.

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