Rob Ford to attend Bills-in-Toronto game

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Disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford intends to attend Sunday’s Bills-in-Toronto game against the Falcons, the Toronto Sun‘s City Hall Bureau Chief Don Peat informs us.

We shouldn’t be surprised.

Ford is a big football fan and a former accomplished high school coach, as we’ve written. (Toronto Sun file photo of him, above.)

He attended the CFL Eastern Final playoff game at the Rogers Centre a few weeks ago, between the host Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and unsurprisingly ate up all the attention.

But not everybody in the world has heard of his embarrassing admissions, statements and actions over the past month. Including Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone.

How closeted a life do NFL coaches live? How ridiculously long are the hours they work?

BILLSMarrone provided your ultimate proof while talking to reporters after Wednesday’s practice in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Marrone was asked what he, as a family man, thinks of the kind of example that Ford presents.

“The mayor of Atlanta?” Marrone replied.

Uh, no, the mayor of Toronto.

“I have no idea who he is,” Marrone said.

Well, Ford has admitted to smoking  crack.

“Really? Well I hope that he can find a way to better himself. Last time I checked that’s illegal, so hopefully he can find a way to help himself.

“I say that for anyone, you don’t have to be the mayor, you could be a guy who is down the street. There are a lot of issues and a lot of challenges in life and I hope that people turn themselves to get help if they think they have a problem.”

But seriously, coach. You hadn’t heard about Ford and his outrageous comments and actions over the past month?

“No. I always find it funny because people will ask me what’s going on and I’ll be like, ‘What?’ Someone will ask me a question and I’ll turn around to (PR chief) Scott (Berchtold) and go, ‘Where were they going with that question?’ He’s like, ‘Well you haven’t heard,’ and I really don’t.

“I think it’s very difficult because like I said before, if I want to escape football, I’ll escape it in a novel. I call it a novel, my wife calls it fiction. I’ll do that, but honestly we really don’t have a lot of time for anything else.”

Bills defensive tackle Stefan Charles, who grew up in east-end Toronto (Scarborough), did know of Ford.

The Bills signed Charles in the last week of October, off the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad. His Bills teammates have ribbed him about Toronto’s bombastic leader.

“In Tennessee too,” Charles said. “We always just laugh at that. But if he’s doing his job and things are running well, I guess you can’t knock him too much. I don’t know what he’s doing after hours, but it is what it is.”

 

 

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