Missoulian: Daines dons Griz sweatshirt after losing football bet with Fox

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, a graduate of Montana State University, wore a maroon University of Montana sweatshirt for the first time in his life Tuesday after losing a bet with Attorney General Tim Fox over the Cat-Griz football game Saturday.

The state’s two top Republicans bet on the game, which the Grizzlies won, 28-14.

Fox, a UM graduate who was a hurdler for the track team, and Daines agreed if the Grizzlies won, Fox would give Daines a UM sweatshirt to wear for a photo to be posted on social media. Had the Bobcats won, Fox would have been posing for a photo in a blue and gold sweatshirt from Daines.

The two men settled their bet in Fox’s office.

Fox presented Daines with a package neatly wrapped with silver paper with a maroon ribbon. As Daines opened his gift, Fox said some people had suggested he find the “ugliest Grizzly sweatshirt” for the congressman.

“But the fact of the matter is, there’s no such thing as an ugly Griz sweatshirt,” Fox said. “They’re all good looking. He’s going to be wearing it year after year, so I don’t have to be buying him new ones after the Grizzlies win.”

Daines, a Bobcat fan his entire life, was a good sport about donning on his UM sweatshirt.

“I will proudly be wearing this during the playoffs,” Daines said. “Let’s go see the University of Montana win a national championship.”

Fox said Montana is fortunate to have two great public institutions, UM and MSU.


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