A Sad (sports) Day For Governor

After Minnesota professional sports teams lost three games over a recent weekend, Gov. Mark Dayton models an Arizona Coyotes hockey jersey Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, because he lost a bet with Arizona's governor. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)
After Minnesota professional sports teams lost three games over a recent weekend, Gov. Mark Dayton models an Arizona Coyotes hockey jersey Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, because he lost a bet with Arizona’s governor. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Wednesday was not a good day for Gov. Mark Dayton, and it had nothing to do with politics.

The Democratic governor made a bet on Dec. 10 with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey over three professional sports games with teams from the two states over that weekend. All three were in Arizona, and the Minnesota teams lost them all.

The Cardinals beat the Vikings in football 23-20, Coyotes edged the Wild 2-1 in hockey and the Suns beat the Timberwolves 108-101.

Dayton, a one-time hockey star, grudgingly pulled a Coyotes’ jersey over his dress shirt and tie after talking to reporters about several serious stories. He said it was painful.

But the experience did not last long. He quickly covered the Arizona jersey with one from the Wild, which he said he would send to Ducey.

Gov. Mark Dayton tackles one of his least-favorite jobs as Minnesota governor on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. He donned an Arizona Coyotes hockey jersey after losing a sports bet to the Arizona governor. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)
Gov. Mark Dayton tackles one of his least-favorite jobs as Minnesota governor on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. He donned an Arizona Coyotes hockey jersey after losing a sports bet to the Arizona governor. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)
A sad-looking Gov. Mark Dayton models an Arizona Coyotes hockey jersey Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, after losing a bet to the Arizona governor. Three Minnesota professional teams lost to Arizona teams earlier this month. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)
A sad-looking Gov. Mark Dayton models an Arizona Coyotes hockey jersey Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, after losing a bet to the Arizona governor. Three Minnesota professional teams lost to Arizona teams earlier this month. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)
Minnesota Wild fan Gov. Mark Dayton could only stand wearing an Arizona Coyotes hockey jersey for a few minutes, to pay off a bet. He quicky put a Wild jersey over it on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)
Minnesota Wild fan Gov. Mark Dayton could only stand wearing an Arizona Coyotes hockey jersey for a few minutes, to pay off a bet. He quicky put a Wild jersey over it on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)