Florida oranges are hot potatoes for Ala. governor

For Alabama’s anti-gambling governor, Florida oranges are hot


Gov. Bob Riley made the usual friendly bet with Florida Gov.

Charlie Crist on last weekend’s Southeastern Conference football

championship game: a crate of Florida oranges versus ribs from

Dreamland Barbecue in Tuscaloosa.

But with Alabama’s win comes criticism over Riley’s push to

close down the state’s electronic bingo halls.

Riley’s office says he never intended to collect the winnings

and he asked Florida not to send the oranges.

Florida officials say they had been planning to send the citrus

along. When Florida beat Alabama last year, Riley ponied up the


A Riley spokesman says the bet is in good fun and criticism is

coming from upset gambling advocates.