NEW ULM - If the Vikings lose in today's NFL playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings' loss will be Wisconsin's gain in more ways than one.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have placed a friendly wager on the game with their Wisconsin colleagues, Sen. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. If the Vikings win, the Wisconsin senators have to send Klobuchar and Franken a case of Wisconsin-made beer. If the Packers win, the Minnesota duo will send their colleagues a case of Minnesota-made beer. And the beer they will send is Schell's.
Franken spokesperson Kris Dahl said that the Minnesota senators chose to send a Schell's sampler to their Wisconsin colleagues "if the Vikings lose (which they won't)."
Dahl said the Schell's brewery is "a great brewery that's really keeping up with the craft beer movement, which is why Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar chose it, of course."
The senators indulged in some good-natured trash talking in a press release announcing the wager.
"It's not often we have the chance to beat Green Bay two weekends in a row," Klobuchar said. "There will be no better way to wash down the sweet taste of victory than with an ice cold Wisconsin beer from my friends across the border."
"I'm predicting a Viking victory in Green Bay on Saturday, and Sen. Klobuchar and I have wagered a case of Minnesota beer to back up that bet," said Franken. "The Vikings have outperformed all the experts' predictions this year, and I'm sure they'll continue to do so this weekend at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. I'm looking forward to watching the Vikings win and to enjoying a Wisconsin beer with Sen. Klobuchar in the very near future."
"Wisconsin is known for its fine cheeses and other dairy products, but our state produces many great beers as well," Johnson said. "Senator Baldwin and I are proud to offer a selection of microbrews and traditional labels against the best that Minnesota has to offer."
"This has been an exciting week," Baldwin commented, "but it's only going to get better when the Packers beat the Vikings and put an end to this trash talking from my Minnesota colleagues."