Bleacher Bits: Niners beat Pack, you bet!
There's not much that could tickle me more than when the 49ers beat the Packers on Sunday in Green Bay.
Except, of course, unless I learned that Green Bay quarterback and Chico's favorite son, Aaron Rodgers, lost a humiliation bet as the result.
So yes, I am a twice-happy camper.
On Tuesday, the Huffington Post reported that Rodgers reportedly asked the group Boys II Men to sing the national anthem before Sunday's 30-22 victory, and that the group agreed but with a caveat.
If the Niners lost, the group's Nathan Morris was going to wear a Rodgers jersey for a week, but if the Niners won — which we all know happened — Rodgers would be forced to wear a Niners jersey for a week.
In an interview posted on TMZ.com, when asked about the bet, Rodgers said, "There's nothing to that, it got blown way out of proportion. It was a joke between friends."
He went on to say, "The great reporting of TMZ blew another one."
Oh c'mon Aaron, just pay up like a man.
In a follow-up on the TMZ website, it was reported that apparently the wager WAS made, and that Rodgers was going to pay up. Morris told TMZ, "Green Bay has another huge game (Thursday's contest with the Bears)...we understand where his head is, so I know he's focusing on the game."
Nathan went on to say that Rodgers had promised to post the picture of himself wearing a 49ers jersey on his Twitter account if he lost the game against the Niners.
It's never fun being on the losing end of a humiliation bet, but that's what makes them the most fun if you're on the winning side.
And yes, I speak from experience.
The season was 1991, and some guys from my softball team — ardent Minnesota Vikings fans — asked if I wanted to join them on their yearly pilgrimage to the Twin Cities. When they told me it was for the Niners game, I jumped.
Now remember, the tickets were ordered far in advance, and 1991 was also the season Joe Montana missed all of due to elbow surgery.
We came up with a half-your-facial hair bet, as two of them had beards and the other, a mustache.
The stipulation was that the loser had to shave off half their facial hair, and keep it that way until we stopped and ate on the way home, to make the humiliation public.
Fate, and my friends, both laughed at me that day, as the Niners lost 17-14 behind a then-unproven Steve Young.
I made the bet, I lost the bet, and I honored the bet, even though it meant I had to shave off my 'stache with ice water from one of our coolers.
Pay up, Rodgers, the Pack may be back, but the Niners are NOW!
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