Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has made a friendly wager with Congressman Denny Rehberg (MT) on the outcome of Saturday’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football National Championship. If the Saint Xavier Cougars defeat six-time champion Carroll College, Rep. Rehberg will deliver two six packs of Lewis & Clark Amber from the Lewis and Clark Brewing Company in Helena, Montana. Should the Carroll College Fighting Saints win, Rep. Lipinski will deliver a growler of beer from Harrison’s Brewery in Orland Park.
“This has been a tremendous season for the Cougars, but they took it to another level in the semifinals and I firmly believe the best is yet to come,” Rep. Lipinski said. “When the dust settles down in Rome, Georgia, I predict there will be a new NAIA National Champion. Nothing could be sweeter than to take down the defending champs.”
“The Saints have really done something special in Helena, and while they make it look easy, I know their success requires years of hard work, practice and dedication,” said Rehberg. “Montanans are lucky because our fans get to cheer our college teams through post season playoffs, and eventually an authentic championship game. I appreciate the enthusiasm from my good friend Dan from Illinois, but I think I’ll be collecting next week. Go Saints!”
Saint Xavier University is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university, with more than 4,700 students. The main campus is in Rep. Lipinski’s Third Congressional District, with an additional campus in Orland Park. The Cougars football team has compiled a 13-1 record this season and is seeking its first NAIA Football Championship.
Carroll is a private, Catholic college located in Montana’s capital, Helena. The Fighting Saints football team has earned a 13-1 record this season and is seeking its second consecutive NAIA Football Championship and its seventh overall (2002–2005, 2007, 2010).
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live from Rome, Georgia, on CBS Sports Network starting at 3:30 p.m. Central Time.