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From the left, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer serve crab to Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.
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From the left, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer serve crab to Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.

Maryland's two U.S. senators are continuing their Super Bowl celebration by cashing in on a bet with senators from California.

Betting is a time honored tradition in Congress, at least when it comes to big sporting events. With the Super Bowl pitting the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens, the senators decided to back up their teams by putting their state's goods on the line.

Maryland's senators will now be sipping some California Chardonnays, which they'll pare with some sourdough bread and fine cheese, along with some crabs. Even in redeeming her bet, California Senator Dianne Feinstein couldn't help but take a jab at Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs.

"This is real crab. It's called Dungeness Crab," Feinstein said. "It was caught a few days ago in a trap off of the Golden Gate Bridge. There is a plate for you, madam, and a plate for you, sir. That comes with our deepest congratulations.

Maryland's senior senator Barbara Mikulski even grabbed her crab with her bare hands, to the chagrin of Senator Feinstein.

"I know how to eat it I just wanted to show it because we in Maryland are expert in crabs," Sen. Mikulski said.

And, in embracing the lighter mood, Maryland's Ben Cardin quipped about the now-infamous Super Bowl power outage.

"In the spirit of cooperation, you all have been so gracious that I'm going to withdrawal the letter that I had sent to the Committee on Investigation dealing with the power outage," Cardin said. "Very suspicious as to how that happened."

Baltimore brewery Heavy Seas is also cashing in on a Super Bowl bet. San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery has to send its fellow microbrewery a case of its finest brews.

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