Ohio, California senators make beverage bet on NBA finals

CLEVELAND (AP) 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.

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 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.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.