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Gov. Whitmer & Gov. DeWine Place Wager on The Game


November 24, 2023



Gov. Whitmer & Gov. DeWine Place Wager on The Game


LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio placed a friendly wager ahead of the rivalry football game between the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University, commonly referred to as "The Game." 

"The Game is a time-honored tradition that pits the Michigan Wolverines, the winningest team in college football history with over 1,000 wins from the best state in the Midwest against the Buckeyes," said Governor Whitmer. "Once again, I am proud to bet Governor DeWine some Michigan-made frozen treats. As the mom of two girls who bleed maize and blue, I can't wait to cheer on the Wolverines this Saturday. Go Blue!"


“College football fans will have a great game to watch on Saturday as the 11-0 Ohio State Buckeyes face off against the 11-0 Michigan Wolverines,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “I am confident that Coach Ryan Day and The Ohio State Buckeyes will bring a win back to Ohio, so I am making a friendly wager of ice cream with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. O-H!”  


Governor Whitmer has wagered a gift package of Maize & Blueberry Gelato from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor. Last year, Governor Whitmer put forward a Detroit-style gift package, including the famous Buddy’s pizza, a dessert from Good Cakes and Bakes, and a case of Vernor's ginger ale. In 2021, Governor Whitmer bet a gift package of famous Michigan-made cherry sweets and treats from Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor. In 2019, Governor Whitmer bet a box of goodies from Zingerman's in Ann Arbor.  




This year, Governor DeWine has bet peppermint stick, hot cocoa peppermint, and cow patty ice cream from Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs and black raspberry chip ice cream from Graeter's in Cincinnati. Last year, Governor DeWine offered Buckeye Pizza from Adriatico’s on the OSU campus; Stewart’s Root Beer, which was founded in Mansfield, Ohio in 1924; and the iconic Jumbo Cream Puffs from Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in Columbus. In 2021, Governor DeWine bet an assortment of Ohio-made sweets, including cream puffs from Schmidt's in Columbus, black raspberry chip ice cream from Graeter's in Cincinnati, chocolate-covered pretzels from Malley's in Cleveland, and buckeye candies from Marsha's Homemade Buckeyes in Perrysburg. Governor DeWine also wagered a basket of Ohio's famous buckeye candies in 2019.  


On Saturday, November 25 at noon, the University of Michigan Wolverines will face the Ohio State University Buckeyes for the meeting of "The Game." Michigan leads the head-to-head series overall 60-51-6 and Michigan won the game the past two years. 


Governor Whitmer is the proud mother of two students at the University of Michigan.