Coffee wars in Redskins-Seahawks wager between two county executives

January 3, 2013

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) would be the first to acknowledge that he hasn’t followed the Redskins that closely in recent years, or always been in the box that he can use at FedEx Field since former county executive Wayne K. Curry (D) helped broker the deal with Jack Kent Cooke that brought the team to Landover.

Well, times have certainly changed.

Baker is becoming an attentive, even rabid fan, and has issued his second challenge of the season to a fellow elected official. This time, his eye is on King County Executive Dow Constantine (D), whose community includes the home of the Seattle Seahawks. (The last one was with Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D), who had the curious characteristic of being a Ravens fan even though half his county roots for the Redskins).

The two execs are offering up gift baskets of coffee. On this one, Seattle might have the upper hand. Constantine is offering the grounds of Seattle’s Best, Starbucks, and an assortment of other locally roasted coffees. From Prince George’s: Eight O’Clock Bean Coffee made in Landover, not far from the Redskins’ FedEx Field.

The two county leaders also are using their wager to promote mentoring and national service, because January is National Mentoring Month, and the Martin Luther King “Day of Service” is Jan. 21.

Both execs will wear the winning team’s jersey during mentoring and volunteering events that they say they will participate in during January.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray have engaged in a little wagering of their own, agreeing to fly the winner’s flag for a day, Fox News reports.

The Redskins host the Seahawks at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at FedEx in the ‘skins first playoff appearance in five years.

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