Argos exec survives national debut

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Keith Pelley survived the first stop on his national anthem tour.

It took all of 60 seconds for the Toronto Argos' president and CEO to belt out O Canada last night to start the Edmonton-Toronto tilt at Commonwealth Stadium.

"I was petrified," said Pelley, after paying his debt on a bet.

"I was just thrilled I didn't forget the words."

Pelley had to sing last night because he had bet Eskimo president Rick LeLacheur last December that he couldn't quit smoking.

With a choir behind him and his four-year-old son Jason standing at his side, Pelley's anthem was televised live on TSN - to an estimated audience of almost 300,000 people.

"I was glad I had my little boy's hand and I held onto his hand pretty tight," continued the Argo executive.

"I don't think the choir knew what had hit them.

"They said: 'What key do you want to sing in?'

"I said: 'We will sing in my key.' "


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