When TCU linebacker Tank Carder knocked down a two-point conversion pass to help secure a Rose Bowl win for the Frogs, he let out a monstrous yell and took his helmet off as he trotted off the field.
Little did Mike Sinha know he would soon be wearing one of those helmets.
The 360th District Court Judge, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977, made a friendly bet with family law attorney Heather King over the game. King is a TCU graduate who grew up around the school.
At the time, King said Sinha was scared because she hadn’t specified what Sinha would have to do.
“We came up with the helmet idea and he wanted to do it right then,” King said. “I said no, we have to do it at the beginning of football season.”
Since the Frogs won, Sinha had to wear a TCU football helmet and Rose Bowl shirt. If the Badgers won, King would have had to carry around a “Bucky the Badger” doll in a baby carriage for a day.
“I would say it was probably my big mouth that started it,” Sinha said, who added he was glad to fulfill the bet. “[TCU] deserved it. Hopefully we can play again further down the road,“ Sinha said.
King said Sinha took the bet well.
“I’m thrilled that he has been such a good sport following through with it,” King said.
The friendly rivalry between the two continues. When TCU suffered its season-opening loss at Baylor, Sinha sent King a sympathy card.
But King presented him with a helmet with the number 43 on the back: Tank Carder’s number.
This story was updated on Wednesday, September 14th, at 4:06 p.m. to fix a quote wrongly attributed.