OSHAWA, Ontario — After losing a hockey bet with Stephen Colbert, the mayor of Oshawa, John Gray, now must pay up — by declaring his own birthday, March 20, to be “Stephen Colbert Day” in his city, just east of Toronto.
“Mr. Mayor, let me ask you something: How are you planning to spend your ‘Stephen Colbert Day?”’ the host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” asked Gray over the telephone on Monday’s show as a graphic of a moose wearing a “mayor” sash appeared in lieu of a headshot.
“Oh that’s right, it’s your birthday. How old are you going to be? Old enough to know better than to take on Stephen Colbert?”
Gray responded: “Hopefully in the future, yes.”
In recent months, Colbert has been rooting for the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit after finding out the Michigan team had named its mascot Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle as a tribute to him.
On Friday night, the Spirit beat the Oshawa Generals 5-4. Gray was among the 5,527 fans who attended the game.
Before his brief interview with Gray, Colbert reminded his viewers about the terms of the wager.
“If Oshawa wins, I will wear an Oshawa jersey on my show. But when the Spirit kicks Oshawa’s moose haunches, I don’t want to declare ‘Stephen Colbert Day’ on my birthday, I want to declare it on your birthday,” Colbert said to cheers and applause.
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