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An overtime field goal didn’t just seal a win Sunday for the Washington Redskins over the Baltimore Ravens, it also helped make Prince George’s County streets a little cleaner.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) made a friendly bet with Howard County Executive Ken Ulman over whose team would clean the others clocks and which executive would have to spend time cleaning the other’s streets.

Ulman is tentatively scheduled to come to Prince George’s County on Thursday and pick up trash along an area roadway all while wearing the jersey of Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III and singing the Redskins fight song, Ulman said.

The bet may be slightly amended before it’s paid, Baker said.

“I don't want him embarrassing the burgundy and gold while he's cleaning,” Baker said. “It's more fitting he wear the purple [the color of the Raven’s jersey].”

Ulman acknowledged his loss Monday in a new video posted to YouTube where he asked Howard County residents to tweet him shots of a Redskins jersey he could borrow. The video ended with Ulman practicing the Redskins fight song, “Hail to the Redskins.”

“I do know the fight song,” Ulman said. “At least the first couple lines.”

Ulman opened the first volley in the contest on Dec. 5 with a video posted on YouTube claiming the Redskins had been lucky in their 17-16 win over the New York Giants on Dec. 3, Ulman challenged Baker on YouTube to a bet that would have the loser wearing a jersey from the winning team and having Baker declare a “Purple Friday” for the county. “Purple Friday,” an event promoted by the Ravens, calls for workers across the region to leave their suit and ties on the hanger and don Ravens’ jerseys, hats or other team gear, said Mark Miller, an Ulman spokesman.

Baker upped the ante Dec. 6 by adding that the loser would also pick up trash in the winner’s county’s while singing the fight song of the victorious team.

Adding trash pickup along a roadway was in part a way to highlight the importance of a clean environment and area roadways in the run up to the opening of the 2013 General Assembly session, Baker said.

“This is really an effort for us to have some fun and highlight some important issues,” he said.

Where Ulman would be working and for how long were still being determined, but most likely the site would be near the Redskin’s stadium, Fed Ex Field in Landover, said Scott Peterson, a Baker spokesman.

“[We’re going to] pick a bit of the roadway where County Executive Ulman can be safe and Mr. Baker can be able to laugh at him,” Peterson said.

The bet and the game though were examples of a good relationship between neighbors, both officials said.

“It’s good to highlight how much we're cooperating as a region,” Baker said.

Ulman said he may be hesitant to make another wager.

“I have more reason to stay away from casinos based on my track record,” he said. “I will only bet again if we both get to the Super Bowl.”

amccombs@gazette.net