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Will the Miami Heat deliver again for Florida pols?

versus-dallas-mavericks-vs-miami-heat.jpgLast week, Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson won a bet with their Illinois counterparts that the Miami Heat would defeat the Chicago Bulls and advance to the NBA finals. The senators will get Chicago-style deep dish pizza.

Today, Miami Rep. Frederica Wilson made a wager on the finals. If the Heat win, Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson owes Wilson an "authentic Texas barbeque dinner."  If the Dallas Mavericks win, Wilson will provide the riches from Joe’s Stone Crab.

“Miami will feel the real effects of the ‘Texas Heat’ when Dirk and company do an old fashioned Texas round-up of Miami’s new talents,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “And with this bet, I look forward to capping off a fantastic season with some classic Miami food and much deserved words of praise from my friend, Congresswoman Wilson. Go Mavs!”

“In the words of Lebron James, I can’t wait for our team to take their talents to Dallas. It may be hot in Texas, but I don’t think the Mavs will be able to handle the ‘Heat’ this time,” said Congresswoman Wilson. “Go Miami!”

The series begins tonight.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 1:45pm]


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