Senators Luetkemeyer and Hegeman Place Bet on Hometown Teams

JEFFERSON CITY — A gridiron rivalry between two neighboring colleges moves from the playing field to the halls of government as two northwest Missouri legislators raise the stakes for their hometown favorites. State Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, and State Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, show their support for colleges in their districts with a friendly wager.

On Sept. 5, the Griffons of Missouri Western State University host the Bearcats of Northwest Missouri State University for the opening game of both school’s 2019 football season. Senator Luetkemeyer will cheer the Griffons, the pride of MWSU in St. Joseph and Missouri’s 34th Senatorial District. Senator Hegeman, who serves Missouri’s 12th Senatorial District, will pull for the Bearcats to bring home a victory to NWMSU in Maryville. Whichever senator sees his team lose in the season opener must recite lyrics of the victor team’s fight song on the floor of the Missouri Senate when the Legislature reconvenes for its annual veto session on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

“This good-natured wager is simply a fun way to call attention to the schools in our respective districts and share in the team spirit,” Sen. Luetkemeyer said. “The first game of the season is always an important milestone as students begin the fall semester, so Sen. Hegeman and I want to let the students know that we wish them the best, both on and off the field.”

The two NCAA Division II teams are members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association conference. Sen. Hegeman’s team was tied for first within the MIAA conference in 2018, with a 10-2 record. Sen. Luetkemeyer has high hopes for the Griffons, who finished last year’s season with a 7-5 record.

“I do wish the Griffons the best of luck,” Sen. Hegeman said. “They are going to need it against my six-time national champion Bearcats. I look forward to seeing Sen. Luetkemeyer recite the Bearcat’s fight song in the Missouri Senate.”

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