Illinois governor wants bet fulfilled

Updated: September 14, 2011, 5:31 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers |

Illinois governor Pat Quinn is still waiting on the former governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, to fulfill a bet the two placed on the Stanley Cup finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.

The loser of the bet was to travel to the other's state, wear a jersey of the winning team and work at a local food bank. The Hawks beat the Flyers in six games in June 2010 to snap a 49-year Stanley Cup drought.

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Illinois Information ServiceIllinois Gov. Pat Quinn paid off his 2010 NFC Championship bet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but wore a No. 40 Gale Sayers jersey underneath his Packers jersey.

"I had to do a similar thing in Wisconsin when the Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs last season," Quinn quipped on Wednesday morning at the opening of ESPNChicago's new street-level studios. "I went up there and wore a Packers jersey, though I had (a) Gayle Sayers jersey on underneath. I think Governor Rendell needs to do the same here."

Rendell left office last year and contends it's Quinn's fault the bet was never paid off.

"There were two dates set and Governor Quinn canceled both of them for business reasons," Rendell responded Wednesday afternoon. "However, if the governor is obsessed with me coming in, I will do so even though I am no longer governor and we are no longer Stanley Cup rivals."

Not surprisingly, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz agrees with Quinn.

"I think it would be a good idea," Wirtz said. "It shows that our governor pays off his bets. I know he lost up in Green Bay and went up there, so I think it shows that our governor pays off his bets and I'm sure that (Rendell) will do the same thing."

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and

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