Politics isn't the only game

January 30, 2001

WASHINGTON - President Bush, whose job before politics was running the Texas Rangers baseball club, evidently knows a thing or two about football.

The Ravens were on his mind after a meeting on energy policy yesterday with advisers to discuss the energy crisis in California.

When reporters pressed him to answer questions, he replied, "Next time."

Then, he posed a "Jeopardy"-style problem: "You can think of the question. First answer is, `Ravens.'"

"Who did you bet against?" retorted one reporter, to laughter.

Later, at a news briefing, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer whether Bush now realizes that Baltimore is "a much bigger apple" than New York.

Fleischer had no comment.

But today on Capitol Hill, there will be plenty of comment - of the rhyming variety.

New York Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles E. Schumer will appear on the steps of the Capitol to recite "The Raven," the Edgar Allan Poe poem for which the Baltimore team is named.

The two lost a bet to Maryland Democratic Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes over the outcome of the big game.

Had the Giants won, the Maryland senators would have been forced to take their places outside the Capitol and belt out "New York, New York."

Washington Bureau of The Sun

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