Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan today issued a friendly challenge to Montreal Mayor GÃ©rald Tremblay in anticipation of the showdown between the BC Lions and the Montreal Alouettes in the 2006 Grey Cup Championship on Sunday, November 19.
â€œWe have agreed that the Mayor of the unsuccessful team must wear the winning teamâ€™s jersey at his next City Council meeting,â€ Mayor Sullivan said. â€œIâ€™m quite confident that it will be Mayor Tremblay who will be wearing a BC Lions jersey at Montreal City Hall after next Sundayâ€™s game.â€
Mayor Sullivanâ€™s challenge comes the day after the Lionsâ€™ thrilling win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday, November 12, to win the CFL Western Final. The Lions will travel to Winnipeg to vie for the 94th Grey Cup this weekend.
â€œI canâ€™t be there for the Grey Cup game as I will be taking part in the annual Rogersâ€™ Santa Claus Parade on Sunday morning, but I will be among the thousands of Vancouver fans cheering on the Lions that afternoon,â€ Mayor Sullivan said. â€œI know the team will do us all proud.â€
He added: "Je sais que Maire Tremblay et le peuple de MontrÃ©al partagent notre excitation pour voir ces deux grandes Ã©quipes concurrencer. Le Coupe Grey est une tradition Canadienne merveilleuse et je suis trÃ¨s fier que nos BC Lions participeront."
Earlier today, the BC Lions gave a team jersey to Mayor Sullivan, which he will wear next Sunday in anticipation of sending it to Montreal on Monday, November 20.