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Gonna Win the Border War? You Bet, Say Fort Collins, Wyoming Mayors

Released on Monday, October 22, 2018
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  • Mayor Wade Troxell has a bet with 2 Wyoming mayors on this weekend's CSU-Wyoming game.

Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell has challenged his counterparts - Laramie Mayor Andi Summerville and Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr - and their cities to a friendly wager on the outcome of Friday’s Border War in Fort Collins.

The historic rivalry game between the Colorado State University Rams and the University of Wyoming Cowboys begins at 8 p.m. at Canvas Stadium on the CSU campus.

Football isn’t the only thing on the line for the 110th annual Border War. Bragging rights and baskets of local products from the rival communities are at stake.

“The whole idea is to celebrate our communities and working together as regional partners,” Troxell said.

As part of the agreement, leaders of the losing city will personally deliver the prize to the winning city, in line with the delivery of the Bronze Boot.

The Border War series began on November 30, 1899 and is the oldest running collegiate rivalry west of the Mississippi.

“We are lucky to have these amazing institutions and very competitive athletic teams in our communities,” said Troxell, a CSU alumnus and former captain of the CSU football team. “Our cities work well together on regional issues. And, as we’re learning from our residents, we need to have a little more fun and celebrate the unique wonders of our communities.”

Troxell couldn’t help adding, “Colorado State leads the overall series 58-46-5. We always look forward to beating the Cowboys. Go Rams!”

“I know it’s hard for the folks down south to accept, but the Cowboys have won two straight Border War games and hold a 26-24 series edge since the Bronze Boot became the series’ official traveling trophy in 1968,” Laramie Mayor Summerville said. “There’s no reason to think the Pokes won’t prevail once again.”

Cheyenne Mayor Orr said, “As a proud UW grad, I love the Border War and its long-standing tradition of rivalry and bragging rights. I enjoy working with my mayor counterparts along the front range on regional issues, and when Mayor Troxell suggested a friendly challenge I gladly accepted. Because hey, the world needs more Cowboys – not more Rams. Go Pokes!”

The game will be shown on the CBS Sports Network.