Calgary, Ottawa mayors make another ‘cheesy’ Grey Cup bet as Stampeders, Redblacks meet again

With the Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Redblacks getting ready to line up against each other again at the 106th Grey Cup, the mayors of those cities have once again made a friendly wager surrounding the CFL championship game.

In addition to the mayor of the losing team having to wear the opposing team’s jersey in council and fly the opposing team’s flag, the food bank in the winning team’s city will also benefit.

“Because it’s me and Mayor Watson, it’s also about food,” Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said on Instagram.

Nenshi and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson have agreed to donate $3 per point scored by the winning team to that city’s food bank.

I’m ready for some football! Thrilled to see our @calstampeders back in the #GreyCup. Of course, Mayor @jimwatsonottawa and I had to have a little wager on the game. The losing Mayor will raise the winning team’s flag, wear the winning jersey to Council and treat the winning mayor to a meal of iconic dishes from their city. But the most important part is a donation of $3 per point scored by the winning team to the winning city’s food bank. I encourage all of you to do the same! Have some fun with the game and support a good cause. #GoStampsGo #gostampsgo??? #gostampsgo??? #YYC

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The winning team’s mayor will also be treated to a modest feast of “iconic local food,” hosted by the losing team’s city.

The last time the Stampeders and Redblacks met in the Grey Cup in Ottawa in 2016, a jersey swap and “culinary swap” also occurred. The losing mayor — then Nenshi — also had to read a poem selected or written by the winning mayor aloud in council.

After the Stampeders lost the 105th Grey Cup to the Toronto Argonauts in 2017, Nenshi also had to make good on a bet he had with Toronto Mayor John Tory.

The 106th Grey Cup will be played in Edmonton on Nov. 25.

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