Florida, Oklahoma Senators wage singing bet over BCS game


Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 1:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 1:36 p.m.

MIAMI Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is waiting to hear his Oklahoma colleague croon Elton John's "Rocket Man" after the BCS championship game.

That's if the Gators win, of course. If the Sooners prevail, Sen. Tom Coburn can enjoy watching Nelson belt out "Oklahoma!" from the eponymous Broadway musical.

The friendly wager rides on the outcome of Thursday's much-anticipated football game between the two powerhouses. The losing senator will have to serenade residents from the winning state at the next constituent coffee, a weekly morning meeting that politicians hold for people from their home states.

No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Oklahoma both come into the game with 12-1 records.

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