Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, made a sweet bet on the Utah Jazz Tuesday. But the bet of Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., on the Portland Trail Blazers was sort of cheesy.
The two turned the U.S. Senate into a casino of sorts Tuesday with a bet on which team will win their playoff series - but offered only low stakes.Garn wagered a large box of Utah salt water taffy. Packwood in turn bet two large blocks of Oregon Tillamook cheese.
Even though the Blazers are favored - and won game one Tuesday after the bets were placed - the two agreed to bet only on the outcome of the series and not to play the point spread.
But Garn said, "Like I told Sen. Packwood, if he really wanted to make this a serious bet and not try to take advantage of his old buddy, he would put his team loyalty on the line and bet on the point spread.
"But even in spite of the odds of a straight up or down bet, I've got great confidence in the Jazz, and I wouldn't be surprised if Coach (Jerry) Sloan has a few tricks up his sleeve. The Jazz certainly proved with their domination of Phoenix that they can play with anyone. It ain't over 'til it's over, Bob."
Packwood said, "The Trail Blazers finished off the series with the SuperSonics with a bang. We're on a roll. With a stellar starting line-up that includes `No Mercy' Kersey, Clyde `The Glide' Drexler and Terry Porter, the Blazers are unstoppable.
"My only question to the Utah Jazz is, you can talk the game, but can you play the game?" Packwood said.
Packwood won a crate of Washington State apples from Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., for the Blazers' victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in their first-round playoff series.