While the Missouri Senate will not reconvene until Wednesday, Sept. 11, two local legislators will be settling a dispute at Spratt Stadium come next week.
Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, and Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, both are proud to have universities in their district, with Luetkemeyer’s housing the Missouri Western State University Griffons and Hegeman’s home to the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats.
In an effort to have some fun and show some positivity in politics, the two senators have decided to place a wager on the upcoming Thursday, Sept. 5, opening game of football season, which will take place between the two schools.
“In today’s day and age, there’s a lot of negativity in politics, and I think that whenever we can do something that just makes things fun and lighthearted, Dan Hegeman is a good friend of mine, so the fact that I get to banter with him is a lot of fun for me,” Luetkemeyer said.
Hegeman, a longtime fan of the Bearcats, agreed to a wager with Luetkemeyer, saying that whichever team lost the game, its senator would have to sing the opposing university’s fight song on the Senate floor when the upcoming special session begins.
“We have two great institutions of learning here in Northwest Missouri, and we’ve had this friendly rivalry for many years, and it’s just great that Sen. Luetkemeyer was open to this wager and came up with this wage to put some friendly aspect to this rivalry that we have,” Hegeman said.
Both men said they are proud to support their respective teams, both from the sidelines of games and at the state capital.
“I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time over the past several months getting to work on behalf of the university,” Luetkemeyer said. “We secured about a million and a half dollars of new funding for the university in the legislature this year.”
Hegeman and Luetkemeyer said they are looking forward to watching the football game come Thursday and seeing the other embarrass himself on the senate floor.
“We have a home-field advantage going on,” Luetkemeyer said of the Griffons. “I do know that the Bearcats are actually ranked higher going into this game, but I like an underdog. I think we’re the underdog in this fight, but that’s OK with me.”
Hegeman said he doesn’t intend on losing the bet.
“I have not looked up a copy of the fight song, but I am looking for a copy of the Northwest fight song for Sen. Luektemeyer,” he said.