It took more than seven months, but Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday finally made good on his bet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over last January's NFC Championship game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.
Gov. Quinn traveled to the Shalon Center Food Pantry in Kenosha, Wis., to stock shelves as a consequence of the Bear's 14-21 post-season loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
"When you lose a bet, if it's this kind of bet, it's not a bad way to go," Gov. Quinn said at the event.
In accordance with the terms of the bet, Gov. Quinn sported a Green Bay Packers jersey on his trip north. His jersey bore #75 Bryan Bulaga's name on the back, a friend to the governor who played in his son's high school football league while at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock.
The governor couldn't swallow his Chicago Bear pride entirely, however, wearing a Gale Sayers' jersey underneath his Packers garb and joking that the Hall of Fame running back was closer to his heart than the green and gold.
Gov. Quinn attested that whichever way the bet had turned out, a good result would have been met because it provided an opportunity to help people receive decent food.
Still, the governor hopes his act inspires the Bears to perform better this season. Walker has other ideas.
The Wisconsin governor tweeted Tuesday: "Glad 2 have @GovernorQuinn in WI @ food pantry. Happy 2 have him return after @Packers repeat as Super Bowl champs. #Packers"
|Gov. Pat Quinn wore a Bears jersey underneath the Packers jersey.|