08/22/2012 04:51 EDT | Updated 10/22/2012 05:12 EDT

Rob Ford vs. Stephen Mandel? Football Game Coached By Toronto And Edmonton Mayors Possible

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EDMONTON - The mayors of Edmonton and Toronto are hoping for a little behind-the-bench rivalry.

They're trying to set up a football game between a high school team from the Alberta capital and one of the top teams in Ontario this season.

That team from Etobicoke is coached by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel (man-DELL') says such a game would be "neat."

City Coun. Bryan Anderson, a former high school football coach himself, is working on the logistics to see whether the match could be pulled off.

Ford and Mandel got together last Friday at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium where the Eskimos were playing the Montreal Alouettes.

"He's a fanatical football coach," Mandel said of Ford. "He loves that more than anything, so we're trying to make arrangements at some point in time for a game against his team versus a team in Edmonton."

Mandel said Ford is "a good guy," although there are some things they disagree on.

One thing they didn't fight over: Mandel said Ford cheered for the Eskimos at last week's game.


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