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Governor Daniels bets local duck on Final Four game


by Dave Schroeder

Butler is back in the Final Four, and this time Indiana governor Mitch Daniels is betting on the Bulldogs, going all in with the help of a Michiana company.

With Butler set to take on VCU Saturday, Governor Mitch Daniels and Virginia governor Bob McDonnell have set up a friendly bet.

If Butler wins, McDonnell must send Daniels a prized Virginia ham.

If VCU wins, Daniels owes McDonnell a duck, from Kosciusko County's Maple Leaf Farms.

Maple Leaf's Nora Macon couldn't believe it when she got the call.

"When Governor Daniels called and asked us we felt really honored that he thought of Maple Lead Farms and our duck to be in on this agreement with Virginia," said Macon.

Daniels' choice of offering up duck for the wager may make more sense than you think.

Indiana produces more duck products than any other state, and Maple Leaf Farms is a big reason behind that ranking.

"We are the #1 producer, not just in this state, but in the entire country," said Maple Leaf Co-president Scott Tucker.

According to the governor's press secretary, Daniels is a big fan of Maple Leaf.

"He's enjoyed their products before and just wanted to share with Virginia the products from that part of the state," said Governor Daniels' Deputy Press Secretary Jake Oakman.

Tucker, a Purdue grad, was actually rooting for VCU after they knocked off his Boilers.

But his real allegiance lies with the in-state team.

"I would certainly like to see the Bulldogs continue their Cinderella run," Tucker says.

And so would a bunch of other employees.

"We actually have some employees' kids who go to Butler, so they are going over to the game and they are very excited," Macon says.

Everyone at Maple Leaf Farms in enjoying the attention, but in the end they'd rather give a duck to Butler as a prize for beating VCU.

"We can certainly arrange that.  I'm sure Coach Stevens' team would appreciate a nice duck dinner as well," Tucker says.

Oakman says that he hopes Indiana gets the ham, and would prefer it if Virginia has to buy our duck products.

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