PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 11: Jeremy Langlois #17 of the Quinnipiac Bobcats celebrates his first period goal against Ryan Faragher #29 of the St. Cloud State Huskies during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
When NCAA college championships come around, governors tend to place friendly wagers, betting local fare that the home team will win.
That's tough this time around because the victors in the Frozen Four are both from Connecticut, so two local teams -- the Quinnipiac Bobcats and the Yale Bulldogs -- will battle it out in the men's college hockey championship game on Saturday night.
“Both the Bobcats and the Bulldogs pulled off impressive wins on the ice last night, once again focusing the eyes of college sports on Connecticut. There’s no doubt that these two teams have made Connecticut the center of the college hockey universe,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. “Each team’s players and Coaches Pecknold and Allain must be commended for their impressive victories this season, and I wish them the best in Saturday night’s championship game."
So, Malloy is betting against himself, and he cannot lose either way.
“The Bobcats and the Bulldogs hockey teams have created what is becoming a New Haven-area backyard rivalry the likes of which is becoming on par with the great battle of Sally’s versus Pepe’s. And seeing as it’s become tradition over the years for the governors of the two opposing states who make it to national championship games to make friendly wagers with each other, I’m going to have to make a unique arrangement in this circumstance. If Quinnipiac wins, I think I will treat myself to some pizza at Pepe’s, and if Yale wins, I’ll head on over to Sally’s – and if after regulation it’s tied, perhaps I’ll take myself to Modern."
For anyone unitiated, the governor is referring to the great New Haven pizza debate, and everyone has a favorite.
For now, the focus is on hockey, not pizza.
“Either way, it’s a win for Connecticut. Congratulations to both teams!” Malloy's statement says.