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Sen. Bill Nelson, 72, loses Stanley Cup bet, completes 46 pushups

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson does pushups after siding with the Tampa Bay Lightning, challenging Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson does pushups after siding with the Tampa Bay Lightning, challenging Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.
Published Jun. 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Nelson, born Sept. 29, 1942, dropped and did 46 pushups Wednesday afternoon to make good on a bet over the Stanley Cup final with Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.

He was supposed to do 23, the number of goals scored in the showdown between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning. But Nelson, who underwent NASA training years ago and went into space, bargained with Durbin so that he wouldn't have to make a special trip to Tampa for Cuban sandwiches, which were part of the bet.

"Are you up for it?" Durbin asked.

Removing his jacket, loosening his collar and tucking his tie into a blue buttondown, Nelson hit the carpet.

Nelson, 72, is up for re-election in 2018, and if there was any doubt about his energy level, he just put that to rest.