Vancouver, Calgary mayors bring poetic flair to Stanley Cup playoff bet

 

 
 
 
 
Fin takes a bite out of Mayor Gregor Robertson during a celebration of Vancouver Canuck Day at City Hall in Vancouver, B. C., April 27, 2010.
 

Fin takes a bite out of Mayor Gregor Robertson during a celebration of Vancouver Canuck Day at City Hall in Vancouver, B. C., April 27, 2010.

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG

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There once were two mayors named Robertson and Nenshi,

Whose oft bet over hockey playoffs is no longer culinary.

The loser still wears in council the winning team jersey,

And instead of salmon or beef, must read out the other's poetry.

VANCOUVER — OK, it could be better, and let's hope that Vancouver's Gregor Robertson and Calgary's Naheed Nenshi have a poetic bone in their bodies. At least one of them, since poetry and not the regular fares of sockeye salmon and Grade A Alberta beef are at stake in their perennial bet over which team, the Canucks or the Flames, will win the Stanley Cup playoffs.

On Wednesday morning the two big-city mayors set the bet for what the other has to do should their team lose. Robertson doesn't eat beef, and Nenshi has told reporters he doesn't want salmon this year. So the two upped the ante and the embarrassment factor to new heights.

In addition to the standard requirement that the losing mayor has to wear the other team's jersey in council, Robertson and Nenshi have agreed that the loser will donate to a food bank $5 for every playoff goal scored by the winning team. They're encouraging the public to also adopt that bet as a way of making the food bank the real winner in the playoffs.

And to top it off, the losing mayor has to read in council a poem about the winning city, written by the winning mayor.

On Tuesday, before the bet was set, Robertson and Nenshi had trouble deciding on the penalty. They both turned to crowdsourcing to ask the public what they should take from the losing city. Nenshi would have liked to win Stanley Park, but said it would be a bit difficult to ship it east.

Robertson was having none of it, telling reporters he thinks there's not much Vancouver could want from Calgary, especially since we have better beer and better weather.

"Well, it is a challenge when, you look at how much better our beer is, how much better the weather is here. We have all the advantages here on the West Coast, so I don't know that we need too much right now from Calgary. We just need them to go away in the playoffs."

One of them, at least, will take poetic licence from all this.

jefflee@vancouversun.com

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Fin takes a bite out of Mayor Gregor Robertson during a celebration of Vancouver Canuck Day at City Hall in Vancouver, B. C., April 27, 2010.
 

Fin takes a bite out of Mayor Gregor Robertson during a celebration of Vancouver Canuck Day at City Hall in Vancouver, B. C., April 27, 2010.

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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