OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – With the Oklahoma Sooners playing the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas this Saturday, Governor Mary Fallin is doubling down on the “Red River Rivalry” by challenging Texas Governor Greg Abbott to a Charity Showdown. Laying odds on an OU victory, Fallin has wagered that the loser of Saturday’s game must donate food to a charity in the opposing governor’s state.
If OU wins, Abbott will donate a shipment of Austin’s Railhead Barbecue to the City Rescue Mission, an Oklahoma City non-profit that partners with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide meals for the homeless. The donation will support Fallin’s ongoing Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive.
If UT wins, Fallin and Head Country Bar-B-Q will sponsor 600 meals to be served at the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin, Texas.
“I felt a little bad about accepting this bet because UT doesn’t stand a chance,” said Fallin. “The Sooners are going to bring home a win, and a lot of barbecue from Texas for the City Rescue Mission. In the unlikely case we see a UT upset, Head Country Barb-B-Q and I will console ourselves by knowing we are supporting a good cause in Austin.”
“The friendly rivalry between the state of Texas and the state of Oklahoma runs deep, especially when it comes to football,” said Abbott. “In the history of the Red River Rivalry, the Texas Longhorns have come away with more victories than Oklahoma ever has, and I expect this Saturday to be no different. In the unfortunate event the Sooners pull off a win, Governor Fallin and the charity of her choice will receive some of the finest barbecue Texas has to offer – a prize valued far more than any trophy.”