Gov. Martin O’Malley, the former mayor of Baltimore, mixed a little pigskin and politics Tuesday in advance of the Sunday’s playoff game between the Houston Texans and his hometown Ravens.
Governors and mayors from the states and cities from which playoff teams hail often make good-natured bets before games.
O’Malley said Tuesday he has reached out to Texas Gov. Rick Perry to agree on a wager.
“I had a hard time reaching him on the phone,” O’Malley joked.
Perry is also the former chairman of the Republican Governors Association, but left the post to Virginia’s Bob McDonnell when he launched his presidential bid. O’Malley heads the Democratic Governors Association.
Perry has been largely rendered a non-factor in the race after a weak showing in the Iowa caucuses.
“We’re putting out a bet to Rick Perry that the Ravens will score more points against the Texans than he gets in New Hampshire tonight,” O’Malley said, referring to the Granite State’s primary on Tuesday.