After his contentious showdown with council on Wednesday, Ford chose to switch up his workday wardrobe Thursday and wore his Toronto Argonauts sweater, complete with “Mayor Ford” on the nameplate and the No. 12, the year the Argos hosted and won the Grey Cup.
But while wearing the sweater to promote this weekend’s CFL East final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ford made comments on media reports coming from the second round of revelations coming from Toronto Police’s Information To Obtain document. Ford’s comments included a profane response to allegations he made sexually explicit comments to a former female staffer, for which he later apologized.
The team released a statement expressing their displeasure at being dragged into the the Mayor’s theatre of the absurd.
"The situation with respect to the Mayor and his leadership is unseemly at best," the team said in the statement and on Twitter. "These latest remarks, while wearing our team’s jersey, are particularly disappointing given our organization’s work in the community to help youth deal with issues of bullying prevention." (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)
Toronto mayor Rob Ford probably should have stuck to his first love — sports Bruce Arthur: As Rob Ford races around the world as a global train-wreck celebrity, sports follows him, because Rob Ford follows sports. He has become the world’s most famous Toronto sports fan, in addition to everything else. Yes, the rapper Drake has represented the Raptors as part of a business arrangement, but that’s a relative blip.
Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel’s Ford jokes included Ford’s famous Grey Cup football fall in front of City Hall that launched a million GIFs. Jon Stewart said, “Wait, smoking crack and making racist and homophobic remarks? I believe in Canada that’s referred to as a hat trick.” Craig Ferguson called it a bad day for Canada, and said, “The real reason police knew Ford was smoking crack is that he predicted that the Leafs would win the Stanley Cup.”
This is this city, and this is Rob Ford. (Photos: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu for National Post)
Canada probably doesn’t feel happy for Toronto today, if only because that’s not how this country works. Generally, the country resents its biggest city for its arrogance, its narcissism, the way it sucks away their family and friends into the great economic vortex. And that’s fine. It’s a part of our heritage.
That being said, there was a fine symmetry on Sunday, as the Toronto Argonauts won the 100th Grey Cup at home with a 35-22 victory over the imploding Calgary Stampeders. The game capped a smashing Grey Cup week, during which Toronto felt more like the rest of Canada than it has in a long time, and its team was a champion for the first time since 2004. Toronto sports have become a black hole of despair, but this is how the script would read, were it written by those fat cats in the big city.
It’s been Toronto’s week, and Toronto’s year. From the moment they traded for quarterback Ricky Ray the conspiracy theories bloomed, as if the Canadian Football League had somehow convinced the Edmonton Eskimos to torch their franchise for the good of the big picture. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)