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Eric Wettschreck

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My sons are now 22 and 20. Over the years we always bet on the Vikings games. I let them pick the winner and we always kept it modest. Dime here, quarter there. Hey, they were little kids. The Super Bowl was always the grand daddy of betting, tho, and we'd take things up a notch to a whole dollar.

As they grew up the Super Bowl bets got a little more interesting. Somewhere along the way money disappeared and other things showed up. For example, in past years the losers have had to sing "Peanut butter jelly time" in the street shirtless in January, trim the others toenails, shave their head (I'm already bald), put a rainbow sticker on their car for a week, and eat a Gulp Leech.

It's always been fun. Now they're broke college and vo-tech students but still come home for the big game.

Hopefully things go my way this year. If I win, while one son is changing the oil in my truck the other will be scrubbing my toilets. I hope I win as I'm not looking forward to doing summersaults from the house to the garage wearing only a swimsuit backwards.

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