This year's Rose Bowl pits the Oregon Ducks against my Wisconsin Badgers in what may be the most entertaining game of the season. (I predict a final score of 83-65.) But beyond two entertaining teams, there's this: has a major bowl ever featured two teams from more beery states? In terms of brewery count and exotic and tasty beers, Oregon has the clear edge--even with New Glarus on the red team. But you have to give Badger drinkers, who have been known to drain a pub dry*, a huge edge on enthusiasm. No one loves beer more in these United States than the residents of the dairy state.
If I were one of the governors, I would propose a friendly wager, the stakes of which would be tasty, tasty beer. Say a mix case of 24 of the finest brews from each state. According to the fish wrap, at the moment both coaches are all lovey-dovey about each other's programs, and these two historically weak teams have had no opportunity to build much of a rivalry. Put some Wisconsin Belgian Red up against Adam from the Wood? Now that's something to play for.