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Canucks vs. Flames playoff bet has Vancouver and Calgary mayors trashtalking

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson responds to Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi's request for a friendly Canucks vs. Flames playoff bet, but the two haven't settled on terms.

With better beer and better weather, Gregor Robertson is unsure what Vancouver needs from Calgary

Fin, the Vancouver Canucks mascot, bites Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson after the mayor declared Canucks Day during the team's playoff run in 2010. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Mayor Gregor Robertson is asking for help from Vancouver hockey fans, saying he doesn't know what the city could possibly need from its playoff rival, Calgary.

Robertson and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi plan to face a friendly bet for the Canucks vs. Flames playoff series, but they haven't decided the terms.

Nenshi has been bombarded with suggestions on Twitter to wager beer or beef — along with several jabs at Vancouver's riotous past.

Robertson said he's "all ears" for suggestions from Vancouverites, as he's at a loss.

"It's a challenge when you look at how much better our weather is," said Robertson Tuesday.

"We have all the advantages here on the West Coast, so I'm not sure we need much from Calgary right now.

"We just need them to go away in the playoffs."

The game starts at 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Some people have already suggested that the losing mayor keeps, or takes, Calgary's $470,000 "giant blue ring" public art installation. (@nenshi/Twitter)


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