You can always count on politicians for one goofy Super Bowl bet. This year’s comes from Massachusetts representative Michael Capuano and Pennsylvania representative Bob Brady.
Brady, who 13 years ago lost a similar bet, made a friendly wager with Capuano on Sunday’s Super Bowl. The loser had to wear the helmet of the winner’s home team around Capitol Hill. And sure enough, after the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in an epic game …
Yes, that’s Capuano during a congressional hearing in an Eagles helmet that looks a few sizes too large.
Rep. Michael Capuano of Massachusetts enters the house financial services hearing in an EAGLES helmet. pic.twitter.com/cVxYJ3lBqJ
— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) February 6, 2018
Connecticut congressman Jim Himes took a selfie to give us a better look:
Yes, things went off the rails in the Financial Services Committee this morning. Moral: careful about the bets you make. pic.twitter.com/UpFwzj8qAw
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) February 6, 2018
Capuano took the loss in stride:
When you lose a bet you have to pay up. Congrats to the Eagles. As a lifelong Boston sports fan I understand droughts. Thanks to the Patriots for another great season. Pitchers and catchers report in less than 2 weeks. Go Red Sox! pic.twitter.com/ooXeuF3Z9N
— Rep. Michael Capuano (@RepMikeCapuano) February 6, 2018
Brady had some fun at Capuano’s expense, though:
— Bob Brady (@RepBrady) February 6, 2018
Thirteen years ago, it was Brady sporting a Patriots helmet around Washington. The last time the Eagles and Patriots met in the Super Bowl, Brady made the bet with then-Massachusetts congressman Marty Meehan. The Patriots won that time around, of course, and Brady paid up:
Thirteen years later, he had a different lawmaking opponent, but he was able to get his revenge.