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Washington - With the New York Mets set to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the National League Division series this month, the bet is on and the stakes are predictably high: bagels and popcorn.

The inevitable wager was made between Mets fan Steve Israel, the Huntington Democrat who represents areas around Citi Field, and Dodgers fan Adam Schiff, a California Democrat whose district includes areas surrounding Dodgers Stadium.

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Israel promised to fly fresh bagels to Schiff should the Dodgers win -- "Please make sure the lox is fresh, Steve," Schiff said.

Schiff said he'd send Israel gourmet popcorn from Pauline's Premier Sweets in Burbank if the Mets prevail -- "Send a broom, Israel said, because the "Mets will sweep the Dodgers."

But the loser also must wear the tie of the winning team and deliver a one-minute speech on the House floor "extolling the virtues of the team moving on to the next playoff round," they said in a news release.

In 2006, the Mets, Eastern Division champions, beat the wild-card Dodgers 3-0 in the National League Division Series. The Mets lost to the eventual World Series winner St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-3 series for National League Championship.

In the 1988 National League Championship Series, the Dodgers beat the Mets in 4-3 series and went on to defeat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 to win the World Series, their last.