Ohio, California senators make beverage bet on NBA Finals

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

CLEVELAND -- Ohio's two U.S. senators are betting beers brewed in the state against their California counterparts' wine, beer and coffee as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has wagered a six-pack of beer from Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewing Co. against California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bottles of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon.

Portman says in a statement that he's proud of what the Cavaliers have done for Cleveland and their fans and looks forward to LeBron James and his teammates bringing home a long-awaited championship.

Feinstein says she's expecting to win yet another bet with a colleague. Baseball'sSan Francisco Giantshave won three of the past five World Series.

The states' other senators, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Barbara Boxer of California, have their own sudsy bets. Brown is wagering beer from Hoppin' Frog Brewery made in Akron, the hometown of Cavaliers superstar LeBron James against Boxer's California-brewed beer and roasted coffee. The loser must pay off the bet while wearing a jersey from the other team.

The best-of-seven series begins Thursday night in Oakland.