When rival sports teams meet for playoff games, it’s traditional for the mayors of the teams’ cities to enter into friendly wagers. These usually involve prizes of local products, and the humiliation (for the losing team’s mayor) of wearing the winning team’s jersey at a Council meeting.
The Mercury challenged me to make just such a wager with the mayor-elect of Montreal, in honour of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats playoff game against the Montreal Alouettes, taking place this Sunday at Alumni Stadium.
I thought about it, and something just didn’t seem right. The Tiger-Cats aren’t really Guelph’s team, even though we have enthusiastically adopted them this year. More importantly, Guelph has already won. We got to play home to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this year. Guelph will actually host a Canadian Football League playoff game this Sunday, for the first – and likely the last – time.
But I still wanted to send a little piece of Guelph back to the city of the winning team. So I decided that I will send a case of Sleeman beer to the Mayor of Hamilton or the Mayor-elect of Montreal, depending on who wins (though I know who I’ll be rooting for). And I will proudly wear my Tiger-Cats jersey at the next Council meeting if they come out on top on Sunday.
I encourage Hamilton’s Mayor, Bob Bratina, and Montreal’s Mayor-elect Denis Coderre to up the stakes for the winning or losing Mayor.