Representatives Doyle and Bilbray Make Friendly Wager on Steelers-Chargers Game

Jan 8, 2009

WASHINGTON D.C. – January 8, 2009 – U.S. Representatives Brian Bilbray (CA-50) and Mike Doyle (PA-14) today announced that they have made a friendly wager on the outcome of Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round Playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers.

Representatives Bilbray and Doyle have agreed that the Representative whose team loses will buy lunch for their staffs.  If the Chargers win, Congressman Doyle will buy Primanti Brothers sandwiches and Iron City Beer for the meal.  If the Steelers win, Congressman Bilbray will buy Rubio’s Mexican Food and Stone Brewery Beer.

“With Big Ben and Willie Parker on the field and the strongest defense in the league led by NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, the Steelers will run over the Chargers on their way to the AFC Championship game,” Congressman Doyle said.  “I know the weather was great last week in San Diego, but it’s January and we’re in Pittsburgh – the Chargers don’t stand a chance.”

“Of all the teams left in the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers have scored the fewest points and committed the most turnovers,” Congressman Bilbray noted.  “Our QB is the highest rated passer in the NFL while Big Ben is recovering from a concussion.  Their running game was ranked 23rd in the NFL, while Darren Sproles accounted for 328 all-purpose yards last week.  The “Steel Curtain” defense of Pittsburgh is going to get carved up by Rivers and Co.” 

The Steelers finished the season with a 12-4 record, winning 7 of the final 8 games of the season behind the NFL’s best defense.  The AFC West Champion Chargers closed the season on a 4-game winning streak and are coming off of an impressive victory last week over the heavily-favored Indianapolis Colts.

“Since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, there has been no place harder for a road team to play at than in Pittsburgh,” Congressman Doyle said.  “Let’s just see how effective little Darren Sproles will be on the Heinz Field grass with temperatures in the teens.”

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