Missouri state politicians make public bet on high school football game

Cameron Smith
September 26, 2013

The Nixa v Webb City face off is getting plenty of attention state and nationwide — Facebook
The Nixa v Webb City face off is getting plenty of attention state and nationwide — Facebook

You know how whenever there's a really big game -- the Super Bowl, say -- the mayors of the towns whose teams are playing the game have a wild bet over who will win? Now that pithy public tradition has trickled down to the prep level, with two state legislators in Missouri agreeing to a friendly wager over the outcome of a high school football game.

As first announced by the Missouri House of Representatives itself, and quickly picked up on by MaxPreps and others, state representative Charlie Davis, who hails from the district that includes Webb City High (Webb City, Mo.) and Kevin Elmer, the rep from Nixa, Mo., home of Nixa High, are betting on which team will win Friday's football game. Nixa enters the game undefeated at 4-0 -- 3 of those wins have come on the road -- while Webb City is 3-1.

Unfortunately, the representatives' good-natured bet doesn't exactly come with the highest stakes. Unlike more prominent mayors, who tend to trade off exorbitant gift baskets that include delicacies from their hometown, Davis and Elmer are betting on who will have to wear the opposing school's tie. We know, not a whole lot of sizzle there.

Yet, the tie bet could actually be a good one, just because it is likely to stick with the loser for longer. The odds are good that the opposing representative will try to enact some bogus piece of legislation that makes mention of the particular tie that the other is wearing.

While Elmer has plenty of reasons to be confident in Nixa, which is outscoring opponents 153-28 in 2013, there is even more precedent supporting Davis' squad. Until its 42-35 loss earlier this season to fellow national power Har-Ber High (Springdale, Ar.), Webb City had won 46 consecutive games. It's win streak against Nixa stretches back eight years.

And while there was no confirmation from Elmer's camp that he would be on site, Davis made it clear that he will be in the stands cheering for his tie come Friday. The state rep reportedly attends all Webb City home games and a number of road games each season.

"It brings the community together. We have a good time," Davis told MaxPreps. "It's not just about football. It's about community.

"I hope Representative Elmer likes Cardinal Red."

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