Politicians throw hats into series

SUSAN SHERRING -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Mayor Larry O'Brien talked trash yesterday with his Buffalo counterpart Byron Brown, firing off tough language over which hockey team is the best.

"We're both waiting for our first Stanley Cup in our term. I'll trash talk you, you don't mind losing, do you?" O'Brien said in a phone call to Brown yesterday morning.

Ottawa's mayor is predicting a clean sweep for the Ottawa Senators as they take on the Buffalo Sabres.

Brown is predicting his city will take the series in six games.

"This is one President's Cup team that will not fall short in the playoffs," Brown said.

O'Brien couldn't let that one go.

"No, you'll fall short before the playoffs," he joked.

Doing away with the usual trade of Ottawa's Beaver Tails for Buffalo's wings, the two concocted a lengthy trade of goods.

With both mayors their respective town's 58th mayor, O'Brien laid out 58 bottles of maple syrup, 58 baseball hats from the city's police, fire and paramedics, and 58 saplings.

In turn, Brown will also give 58 trees, 58 hats and 58 beef sandwiches.

The duo also agreed to throw in some local beer to the victorious city.

"We don't drink here in Canada," O'Brien quipped. "But we'll make an exception as we're planning our Stanley Cup parade."

Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Jim Watson also got into the action, laying a Beaver Tails-for-Buffalo wings challenge to state assemblyman Robin Schimminger.

"I know the Sens will come through and in my conversation with the assemblyman earlier today I expressed my full confidence in our team and told him how excited we will be to beat the Sabres and move on to the Stanley Cup finals," Watson said.

"I also invited him to Ottawa to try a Beaver Tail himself, because there is no way the Senators will go down to defeat."


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