As tradition would have it, the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi, and I placed a bet on who would win the 2016 Grey Cup: the Ottawa RedBlacks or the Calgary Stampeders. As we all know, the Ottawa RedBlacks came back from Toronto with the 104th Grey Cup in hand. To honour our bet, my good friend Mayor Nenshi wore the RedBlacks’ jersey at his City Council on December 5, sent over a dozen donuts from Jelly Modern Doughnuts, donated to the Ottawa Food Bank and read a poem I wrote for him aloud during his Council meeting. I look forward to next year’s Grey Cup bet, and to our RedBlacks defending their championship right here in Ottawa, as we host the 2017 Grey Cup!

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder why the Stampeders were subpar
Up above the world so high
Are the RedBlacks, I can’t lie

When my hopes of winning were gone,
And all I could shout was come-on!
Mayor Watson showed me the light
And said “don’t worry, you’ll be alright”

Once again, Ottawa proved to be the bigger shark
And blew us right out of the park
I should have been chanting Go RedBlacks Go!
And high-fived their mascot Big Joe

The truth is, I envy Ottawa
The whole city leaves me in awe
They do everything better than Calgary
And their people are lovely and merry

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
I’ve learned my lesson from Mayor Jim
I know better now, next time I’ll listen to him