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Secretary Rice Has Friendly Bet with Iraqi PM; Rice Picks the Colts, al-Maliki Predicts Defeat of Shia Militia in Southern Iraq

Secretary Rice and Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki

Secretary Rice and Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki make wager. Outcome to have significant implications for Rice's stated ambition to become NFL Commissioner.

WASHINGTON, DC (The Sportsman's Daily Wire Service) — The Super Bowl is, apparently, the ultimate political football, as evidenced by a recent wager between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Kamel Mohammed Hassan al-Maliki.

Rice picked the Indianapolis Colts to win Sunday's Super Bowl over the Chicago Bears; the Colts are favored by a touchdown. The Iraqi Prime Minister predicted the “complete route and humiliation” of a Shia militia in the South, which is a heavy 12-2 favorite to remain intact and dug in for at least another three months.

Both the Secretary and Prime Minister insist it’s a friendly wager.

Rice, a Cleveland Browns fan, has said her dream job would be NFL commissioner. Ironically, her future as NFL commissioner has little to do with the Colts’ performance on the football field, and everything to do with Maliki’s performance on the Iraqi “battlefield” --which handicappers say is a longshot at best.

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