Palin loses hockey bet with S.C. governor

Stingrays defeat Alaska Aces, meaning Governor to deliver Alaska's famed fish

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. - To the victor goes the Alaska king salmon - and a little good-natured trash talk.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford thanked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for fulfilling her part of a bet the two Republicans had on the recently concluded ECHL finals.

The South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Alaska Aces, meaning Palin had to deliver Alaska's famed fish to Sanford. Both are rumored to be seeking the party's presidential nomination in 2012.

Sanford sent Palin what he called a consolation prize-sized portion of shrimp, grits and she-crab soup from a Charleston restaurant. He wrote Palin that he hoped the gift would "help you in consoling those rough feelings that will probably plague you for months, if not the years, ahead, as a result of the defeat of the Aces by the almighty Stingrays!"

Sanford also hoped Palin could sweeten the deal with some of her state's famed Alaska king crabs, perhaps "a full tractor-trailer load," he wrote in the June 10 letter.

Sanford spoke with Palin soon after the Stingrays took the series in seven games on June 5.

He closed his letter with a greeting to husband Todd "and the gang" and hoped their paths cross soon.

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