How the Battle of the Ax mayor's bet started

Published: Aug. 26, 2019 at 5:38 PM CDT
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After the Bearcats and Yellow Jackets battle on the gridiron Friday night, one not-so-lucky mayor will have to don the opposing teams jersey, a side of history that former mayors from both towns agree they don't want to be on.

"If you lose, you gotta pay the price," said Robert Brady, former mayor of Denison.

Grayson County Judge Bill Magers and Robert Brady were mayors of Sherman and Denison respectively, at the same time for six seasons between 2006 and 2012.

The two also played football for Sherman and Denison while they were in high school, and wanted to have a bet that involved the teams they played for, as a fun way to bring the two towns together.

"It was based in large part on our friendship and our camaraderie, wanting to make that a part of the community. I think it went a long way, and its still being done today," said Magers.

The two agreed that the losing town's mayor had to wear a jersey of the winning team to their next city council meeting.

Denison won the first year of the bet, and Magers has a not-so-pleasant memory.

"I got an unwashed practice jersey from Mayor Brady and said 'here, wear this'" said Magers.

Magers had his own playful revenge, he took this picture of Brady and had it framed, following a Sherman victory in 2012.

"I had just gotten up out of bed as you can see, and I had this horrible dream that we actually had lost, so I had to take that picture. It was kind of excruciating," said Brady.

Sherman and Denison may not agree on much when it comes to football, but the two former mayors say at the end of the day, its just a game.

"I think that what Mayor Brady and I were able to do was put it in perspective that it was just a game. Its an important game, its a fun game," said Magers.

"Its a way to bring everybody together, because like I said before, what benefits Sherman benefits Denison, and vice-versa," said Brady.

The game will kickoff at Bearcat Stadium Friday night at 7:30, but if you can't get a ticket, for the first time ever the game will be televised live on Fox Sports Southwest.