Edmonton Eskimos’ Grey Cup run getting lots of support from home

EDMONTON – The biggest game of the season is just two days away, and Edmonton has a serious case of Grey Cup fever.

People from Edmonton and all across Alberta are showing support for the Eskimos, who will be playing in Sunday’s Grey Cup final against the Ottawa Redblacks.

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Edmonton City Council donned Eskimos jerseys for Friday’s budget session, and posed for photos in council chambers.

Eskimos fever has spread to other parts of the province too. Last week, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson made a friendly wager around the CFL West final, which was a battle of Alberta between the Esks and Stamps.

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After Nenshi’s Stampeders lost, he wore an Eskimos jersey to work Thursday.

Edmonton-area MP Randy Boissonnault tweeted a photo of himself posing with Nenshi in his new duds.

He seems absolutely thrilled.

Nenshi isn’t the only Calgary-area politician to lose a bet with the Eskimos. Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci lost a similar bet with Edmonton MLA Chris Nielsen – and others got involved, too.

Even the Edmonton Oilers got in on the act, posing for a team photo Saturday with each player wearing Eskimos green and gold, including die-hard Roughrider fan Jordan Eberle.

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The provincial premiers have also made a wager, to the benefit of Syrian refugees who will be coming to Canada.

In addition to politicians and professional athletes, other prominent figures are supporting the Eskimos this weekend.

A Norse god is one of them.

The 103rd Grey Cup will be played Sunday night at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. The game begins at 4:00 p.m. MT.

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