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Mayors Bratina and Fougere bet on Grey Cup outcome

The mayors of Hamilton and Regina have made a friendly wager on the outcome of the Grey Cup game.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina and Regina Mayor Michael Fougere have made a friendly wager on the outcome of the Grey Cup game. (CBC)

Regina Mayor Michael Fougere and Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina are continuing a long-standing Grey Cup tradition of making a friendly wager between civic leaders.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, based in Regina, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are competing Sunday.

As in previous years, the mayor of the losing team will wear the football jersey of the winning team at his next meeting of city council. The losing city will also raise the flag of the winning team outside of their city hall.

And, the losing mayor will donate both mayors' combined weight in food to the winning team's local Food Bank. Regina's Fougere weighs 180 pounds and Hamilton's Bratina weighs about the same.

“In my football broadcasting days I paid many visits to Regina but never with so much at stake,” said Bratina in a news release. Bratina will arrive in Regina Friday night.

"We had a nice chat on the phone yesterday and I told Mayor Bratina that I look forward to the Tiger-Cats coming to our city this week," said Fougere.  "I also asked him for his shirt size because the Riders are going to win the Grey Cup in front of the Rider Nation."

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