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McGowan Bomber polo

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce President Chris McGowan is shown wearing a Salina, Kan., Bombers polo shirt in July 2013. McGowan agreed to wear the shirt for a day in his office after losing a bet with Salina Chamber President Dennis Lauver over the outcome an arena football playoff game. The former colleagues have placed a similar wager on Friday's rematch between the two teams.

SIOUX CITY | The Salina Bombers ended the Sioux City Bandits season on June 15, pulling off a 29-28 victory in a first-round arena football playoff game.

Dennis Lauver, president of the Salina, Kan. Area Chamber of Commerce, also emerged a victor, winning a friendly wager with his one-time colleague, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce President Chris McGowan.

The Siouxland Chamber sent Lauver 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. The Salina Chamber forwarded the food to local charities, Lauver said.

McGowan also fulfilled another term of the bet by wearing a Bombers polo shirt for one day at work.

Had the hometown Bandits prevail, the Siouxland Chamber would have won numerous Tony's and Red Baron frozen pizzas. Salina is home to the world's largest frozen pizza facility.

As a consolation prize of sorts, Lauver sent McGowan copies of books by some past speakers at the Salina Chamber's annual dinner -- former President George H.W. Bush, former NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Lauver and McGowan, who worked together more than 20 years ago. Lauver previously served on the staffs of both the Siouxland Chamber and the South Sioux City Chamber.

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