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Gov. Brown Offers Book For 49ers Super Bowl Bet

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California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses pension reform during a news conference on August 28, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

California Gov. Jerry Brown (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown was one of the few California politicians yet to announce a bet on Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup, until he offered up a characteristically esoteric wager.

Brown posted a message to his Maryland counterpart, Gov. Martin O’Malley, late Friday on Twitter, offering a book on California history if the San Francisco 49ers lose to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Democratic governor posted a photo of a weathered copy of the 1949 book “California: The Great Exception,” by Carey McWilliams. He said it details the state’s exceptionalism on and off the field.

O’Malley responded on Twitter with a more traditional sports offering, saying “I see your book, and I raise you a case of Natty Boh,” or National Bohemian beer, which hails from Baltimore.

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