The Johnnies were feeling kind of cocky after beating the Mids in their annual croquet match.
So they threw down the gauntlet and challenged the government leaders in Maryland's capital.
Three teams of politicians took up the invitation and agreed to match mallets next Tuesday afternoon. The tourney is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on the front lawn of St. John's College in Annapolis.
The college's croquet team has won seven out of the past 10 matches against the U.S. Naval Academy. Last year, the Mids beat the Johnnies, but last month St. John's reclaimed the title.
Alderman Wayne Turner, 6th Ward, is leading a team of fellow Republicans from the City Council. Alderman Ruth Gray, 4th Ward, Theresa DeGraff, 7th Ward, and John Hammond, 1st Ward, will join him.
County Councilwoman Maureen Lamb, D-Annapolis, will lead a four-member team of council members.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Anne Arundel County's state delegation said the group is determined to win. "You can tell that County Council and City Council they have absolutely no chance against the professional croquetters of the state," said Del. Michael E. Busch, D-Annapolis.
He plans to enlist a bipartisan coalition of Sen. Gerald Winegrad, D-Annapolis, and Dels. Phillip Bissett, R-Mayo, and Marsha Perry, D-Crofton.