SIOUX CITY | For the second straight year, the chamber of commerce presidents from Siouxland and Salina, Kan. are placing a friendly wager on the outcome of a playoff game matching their hometown football teams.
The Sioux City Bandits host the Salina Bombers at Tyson Events Center in the first round of the Champions Professional Indoor Football Team.
Last year, the Bombers ended the Bandits season, pulling off a 29-28 victory in a first-round playoff game also played at the Tyson.
To fulfill a bet made before the game, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce President Chris McGowan sent his former colleague Dennis Lauver, the president of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, a basket of products made in Siouxland, including Jolly Time Pop Corn, Sue Bee Honey, Palmer Candy, Girl Scout Cookies and Blue Bunny ice cream.
McGowan also fulfilled another term of the bet by wearing a Bombers polo shirt for one day at work, and be photographed in it.
Had the Bandits won, McGowan would have received numerous Tony's and Red Baron frozen pizzas. Salina is home to the world's largest frozen pizza facility. And, Lauver would have had to wear a Bandits shirt for a day.
The stakes are the same for Friday's rematch between the two teams.
"This is a unique and positive way for us to generate some community spirit and remind our respective regions that chmaber exeuctives from around the nation frequently cooperate on joint initiatives and generally share a similar commitment to both promoting economic development and improving quality of life," Lauver said.
"This is a great way to promote some of our region's best known products." McGowan added.
Lauver and McGowan worked together more than 20 years ago. Lauver previously served on the staffs of both the Siouxland Chamber and the South Sioux City Chamber.