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ALBANY –- If it’s time for another major sports championship, it must be time for governors to make fun food wagers -– with the usual careful geo-political considerations.

This week, it’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo betting Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

Cuomo’s doing one upstate shout-out and two New York City bows with his wager if the Giants are defeated: he will give Patrick 46 dozen bagels from Ess-a-Bagel in Manhattan, 46 cheesecakes from Junior’s in Brooklyn and 46 cases of Greek yogurt, a booming upstate agriculture mini-sector.

Patrick’s payoffs ignore the western part of his state: if the Patriots lose, he will turn over pies from a popular shop in Centerville on Cape Cod, chips from a suburban-Boston company and clam chowder from the Boston-based Legal Sea Foods chain.

The food would be donated to food banks.

Not allowed in on the betting hijinks: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has claimed the Giants as his state’s football team, given the location of the Giants stadium.

-- Tom Precious

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Tom Precious

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