U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan got his comeuppance Thursday.
The Republican, who represents South Carolina’s 3rd District, had to make good on a bet he made with a fellow member of the House of Representatives. Duncan and U.S. Rep. Terri A. Sewell wagered on the Clemson vs. Alabama College Football Playoff semifinal game.
On their way to another national championship, the Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl, and Duncan lost his bet with the Alabama Democrat.
He didn’t have to empty his wallet to pay up, but the Clemson alum who currently represents Clemson in Congress had to swallow his pride.
Duncan donned a herringbone hat made famous by legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
He even posed for a photo with Sewell, wearing the hat and holding a commemorative game ball from the Sugar Bowl. Sewell was holding a large mock up of newspaper displaying Alabama’s win, as they both stood in front of the Capitol building.
“After Alabama’s big win over Clemson this month, @RepJeffDuncan has come through on his end of our wager!” Sewell wrote in a Twitter post that included the picture. “Here he is wearing the classic Bear Bryant hat, and today he’s treating our office to lunch. Thanks Jeff for being such a good sport!”
While politics might be one of the few things in the U.S. that can be more divisive than college football rivalries, this was a nice moment between two U.S. Representatives on opposite sides of the aisle.
Sewell is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama and is the first black woman to ever serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation.
The bipartisan camaraderie didn’t go unnoticed. One person tweeted it makes them hopeful for more possibilities.
“If small things like this happened more often it could engender a better spirit of cooperation in Congress...”