Secretary Williams pays up losing football wager

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Monday made good on his bet to donate $50 to the Food Bank of the Rockies in the name of Marshall University, the West Virginia team that beat Colorado State University in the New Mexico Bowl Saturday. (SOS photo)

Colorado  Secretary of State Wayne Williams happily donated $50 to the Food Bank of the Rockies today, but writing on the receipt that the money came from West Virginia’s Marshall University, now that hurt.

Williams had waged a friendly bet with West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner over the match-up Saturday between the Colorado State University Rams and Marshall’s Thundering Herd.

Warner also donated $50 in the name of Marshall, to the St. Francis School Food Bank that services the local community. School administrators and the choir visited the West Virginia Capitol today as part of their Christmas program, then stopped by Warner’s office for a visit and a photo.

Warner couldn’t resist after the Herd defeated the Rams 31-28 in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.

“Just make that check out in honor of Marshall Thundering Herd. Send photos — you’ll be a hero in Huntington,” he said in a text message to Williams. “Then, even you can say, ‘We are all MARSHALL!'”

That’s in reference to the phone call Williams made to Warner after they agreed on the bet. “We are not Marshall,” Williams said, referring to the movie, “We Are Marshall.” “I am confident in the athletes at Colorado State to represent us well. Go Rams!”

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner with children from St. Francis School.

The Denver Post wrote that the Rams clawed their way back from a 17-point halftime deficit but weren’t able to close the deal, which Warner referenced in another text message to Williams.

“Wisdom from the hills of West Virginia: Comebacks are great, but if time runs out before you catch up, you still lose,” Warner texted.

He later wrote in an e-mail, “It was one of those that got a little too close for comfort for the ‘We Are Marshall’ fans, but word around Huntington is that we allowed your comeback just ‘to keep TV audience focused.’  That’s our story and we’re stickin’ to it!”

Williams won his 2016 Super Bowl bet with North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall when the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers. Both teams donated hundreds of pounds of canned goods and boxed items to the respective food banks, but North Carolina had to say its goodies came from the Denver Broncos.