Illinois governor declares Tigers Day to settle bet

Saturday, September 6, 2008 | 10:33 p.m. CDT; updated 11:42 a.m. CDT, Sunday, September 7, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has settled his wager with Gov. Matt Blunt, proclaiming "University of Missouri Tigers Day" in Illinois.

The governors made the friendly bet before last weekend's Missouri-Illinois football game.

On Saturday, Blagojevich issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 6 "University of Missouri Tigers Day" in Illinois. The Tigers defeated the Illini 52-42 in St. Louis on Aug. 30.

Blagojevich also posed for a photograph with the declaration. The governor vowed revenge.

Meanwhile, Blunt said he couldn't think of a better way for Missouri to start its season. If the Illini had won, Blunt would have had to issue a similar declaration.



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