Originally posted on Sportress of Blogitude  |  Last updated 2/22/13

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times before: An expecting couple who root for rival NFL teams allow the outcome of a football game between their respective favorite squads determine what they will name their son. Actually, that has probably never occurred, which makes this story all the more compelling. Saying he’s a “Big enough to name my son after RGIII,” 27-year-old Emanuel Vega, a lifelong Washington Redskins fan despite living in Tucson, Ariz., put it all on the line when he and his girlfriend, die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan Marissa Pena, learned that she was pregnant. That’s when a high stakes version of “The Name Game” was put into motion. Longtime friends, the couple only had been dating for a short time, meaning the Thanksgiving Day showdown between the Redskins and Cowboys last November would be the first game the two would alternately enjoy or suffer through together. “I thought that was cool, our first official relationship game on Thanksgiving of all days,” Vega told D.C. Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg.“She thought it was cool, too, so we needed some kind of bet. She said the loser would wear the jersey of the other team on the last game of the season at a Redskins bar. That would be horrible for me. That would be horrible.” But the stakes were raised quite a bit when Vega suggested that the person whose favorite team won the game would get to pick the baby’s name. Pena took the bet. After the terms of the wager were set, each one was allowed one veto. Pena said no to “Darrell Green Vega, while Vega put the kibosh on “Emmitt Vega,: Ultimately, the potential names were set: Their son either would be named “Robert Griffin Vega” or “Austin Miles Vega.”  after her favorite active player. “Robert Griffin” obviously in honor of the Redskins quarterback and “Austin Miles” in a nod to Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin. Obviously, we all know now that the Redskins came out on top of that Thanksgiving Day game, beating the hated rival Cowboys 38-31. Despite coming out on the short end of such a monumental wager — Pena conceded that “It’s all fair, in love and war” — Mom-to-be’s final take on her son’s name, who is due April 16: “I actually like it,” she told Steinberg. “I didn’t at first. I think it just stuck with us. All my sisters call him Little Robby Griff. I don’t like the Redskins, but I love his dad, so….” Awww…even love — not to mention the impending birth of a child that will be loved no matter what its name would have turned out to be — can overcome a bitter, heated and sometimes acrimonious rivalry. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s pretty awesome. (story originally discovered on Extreme Redskins) TweetThe post Redskins fan’s son will be named after Robert Griffin III after winning bet appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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