Politicians put food on the line for Saints-Seahawks game

If it’s October, politicians can frequently be found on the campaign trail, shaking hands and kissing babies.

When the calendar flips over to January, though, it’s time for elected officials to back up their boasts about the local football team by wagering food with counterparts supporting the other team.

That’s the case Saturday for the NFC divisional playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints.

If the Seahawks triumph, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be sending king cake and seafood to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to pay off on their wager, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. If New Orleans wins, Murray will owe Top Pot donuts and Pike Place Market salmon to Landrieu.

In addition, Washington Sens. Patty Murray (no relation to the mayor) and Maria Cantwell bet beer and oysters with Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, sister of the New Orleans mayor.

"Fresh off a hard-fought victory and the first playoff road win in franchise history, the Saints are marching into Seattle," Sen. Landrieu told NOLA.com. "As we proved last week, the Saints can play well away from home, and I’m confident our boys will pull out a win. The Who Dat Nation is ready for a rematch against the Seahawks."

The heads of the Port of New Orleans and Port of Seattle also bet their hometown seafood on the Seahawks-Saints game.

As tasty as that all the NFL wagering sounds, the winning haul isn’t likely to match what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal collected recently in a college football bet.