Colbert wins bet with Oshawa mayor over OHL game

Updated: January 27, 2007, 4:42 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SAGINAW, Mich. -- Call it "Colbert Day in Canada."

That's what a 5-4 win for the Saginaw Spirit over the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League on Friday has earned Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's satirical news program "The Colbert Report."

Colbert had made a bet with Oshawa mayor John Gray on the outcome of the game. If the Generals won, Colbert would don a team jersey during his show. If the Spirit won, Gray would have to declare March 20 -- also his birthday -- "Stephen Colbert Day" in the Ontario city.

"I'm always disappointed when the Gens lose," Gray said after the loss, according to the Toronto Star. Gray hopes to speak with Colbert Monday to honor the wager.

"We'll give him an open invitation," Gray added.

Colbert successfully lobbied in September for the Spirit to name their team mascot "Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle" in tribute to him, which launched his fancy for the team.

In a recent game between the two teams in Oshawa, the Generals held their annual teddy bear toss for charity. Colbert took mock offense and aired footage of the stunt, calling it "an obvious attempt to taunt me" in light of the show's claim that bears are the No. 1 threat to America's safety.

In retaliation, Colbert encouraged Saginaw fans to throw General Motors annual earnings reports on the ice during Friday's game -- and fans complied. He even posted a downloadable link to the financial reports on his Web site.

That prompted Gray to issue the challenge to Colbert on a local radio station.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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