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Anthony Brown made good on his playoff bet with Martin O’Malley on Wednesday, showing up at the Board of Public Works wearing not the colors of his beloved Redskins, but the purple jersey of Ravens running back Ray Rice, lucky number 27.

Brown was greeted with a round of applause as he called the meeting to order.

“Let me say, a bet is a bet and I think, regardless, I won this bet,” Brown said.

Brown then praised the Ravens for their inspiring Super Bowl victory and joked that he liked to stand next to Rice because “he’s a lot shorter than I am, and about three times wider.”

Nancy Kopp and Peter Franchot also praised the team, and Kopp recalled that they were among the few people from Montgomery County who supported the construction of what is now M&T Bank Stadium back in the 1990s.

Franchot joked that people used to picket his house, arguing that money should be spent on schools, not stadiums. Over the years, many of those same people have asked him for Ravens tickets, he said.

“All is forgiven,” Franchot noted.

— Daniel Leaderman

Crab all around

U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin will dine on a San Francisco feast after collecting their winning Super Bowl wager from California’s senators on Thursday afternoon.

The Baltimore Ravens’ win over the San Francisco 49ers gave Maryland’s senators bragging rights and a meal of dungeness crab, Napa Valley wine, sourdough bread and Northern California cheeses. Mikulski and Cardin had put up locally made crab cakes, cookies, beer and a can of hair spray.

To paraphrase Paul Newman’s gambler character in the film “The Color of Money,” crab won is twice as sweet as crab earned.

— C. Benjamin Ford

Miller on division of labor

As Dirty Harry said, a man’s got to know his limitations.

Mike Miller discussed his transportation proposal with reporters this week, and once again called for Gov. O’Malley to take charge of the transportation issue, arguing that the executive branch was needed to do the heavy lifting.

He also offered a colorful assessment of his own role in shaping policy in Maryland.

“I’m not the governor of the state. I don’t want to be the governor of the state. I have a hard enough time being the president of the Senate, you know? That’s all I want to do,” Miller said.

“I want to present a menu [of options] for the governor to look at, and if he says, ‘Miller’s full of crap,’ I can understand that, ’cause a lot of people have said that.” The Senate prez then joked (we think) that “most of the people are right when they say that.”

— Daniel Leaderman

One for the mantelpiece

Kathy Klausmeier presented Mike Miller with a unique gift Thursday, courtesy of some visitors from Towson University and their rather fantastic toy.

It was tiny bust of Miller himself, created with a newfangled, high-tech 3D printer.

“That’s great, thank you,” said an amused Miller before placing his miniature doppelganger beside two other small statues on his desk.

Klausmeier urged lawmakers to go see the printer, temporarily installed in the Senate Office Building, and have their own busts made.

But Miller’s bust was immediately the envy of his colleagues.

“Mr. President, do you know how we can get a copy of your bust?” asked Nancy Jacobs.

— Daniel Leaderman

Role model

Supporters believe Montgomery County now is a model employer of qualified people with disabilities.

On Tuesday, the County Council unanimously passed a bill requiring the adoption of regulations that allow for the noncompetitive appointment of a qualified person with a severe developmental, physical or psychological disability to a county merit position.

Voters overwhelmingly supported a ballot question in November enabling the county to pass the bill.

Pushed by Councilman Philip M. Andrews of Gaithersburg, the effort also was seen as a way to reduce the high rate of unemployment among the severely disabled.

“It’s the right thing to do and it will help many people over the years, including wounded warriors who come back to the U.S. and come through Montgomery County through Bethesda,” Andrews said. The bill now goes to County Executive Isiah Leggett to develop the regulations required by the legislation.

— Kate Alexander