Rob Ford gets Grey Cup, Argos not so lucky: In a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room, Chad Owens was speaking a register above the background murmurs of his teammates. He was still in his cleats, his wrists and ankles were still taped: “I want another quarter, I’m not ready for the off-season, man.”
Perhaps an hour earlier, it was Owens who made the final, desperate attempt to extend his season, and help the Toronto Argonauts defend their Grey Cup title. Owens fielded a punt deep in Toronto territory as the final seconds dripped off the clock, and he slashed upfield until there was no more room, and no more time.
The Argos lost the East Division final to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, losing their grip on a game they had threatened to turn into a blowout. Toronto fell, 36-24, after being shut out in the second half. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)
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 is kissed by Toronto Argonauts’ Adriano Belli (a.k.a. The Kissing Bandit - he kisses everybody) during the Argos’ Grey Cup victory parade festivities at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. It was quite the event. Click through for more photos. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/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)
To celebrate the 100th Grey Cup on Nov. 25, we are hosting 16 Shades of Grey, a bracket-style tournament to decide the most memorable Grey Cup game of all time. Our team of National Post sports writers and editors have narrowed the first 99 Grey Cups down to a sweet 16, and will debate their favourites. Then it is up to you to choose the winners.
Vote for your favourite Grey Cup game and check out our bracket to see what other games are included in the tournament. The polls for Monday’s vote close at 4 p.m. ET, so visit us here to find out who moves onto the next round or follow us on Twitter @npsport.
Argos too sexy for their shirts: Quarterback Ricky Ray does a turn on the catwalk to show off Toronto’s new unifoms at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The CFL West will unveil their new look on Wednesday for the 2012 season. (Photo: Peter J. Thompson/National Post)
Ricky Williams was watching a black-and-white movie on a small screen fastened above his sarcophagus of steel and glass. He was not expecting company that afternoon in mid-August, 2006, and motioned to the doctor to turn off the DVD player so he could at least close his eyes and pretend he was alone, locked in the hissing hyperbaric chamber.
It was during his one-year cameo appearance with the Toronto Argonauts, who added the talented running back to their roster after the National Football League suspended him for a fourth failed drug test. Williams had broken his arm during a game in Regina, and was in a clinic in St. Catharines, Ont., inhaling 100% oxygen at 2,000 times the normal pressure in the hope of speeding his recovery.
It was not his idea to invite a reporter, nor was it the team. It was the clinic, which opened its doors to bask for a moment in the unique spotlight that had followed Williams since he began his escape from the NFL, taking him from a tent in a campground in Australia to a tiny, hissing tube in Southern Ontario. (Photo: Glenn Lowson/National Post)