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Rob Ford’s football follies bring further notoriety, but add levity to Toronto’s Grey Cup Week

Andrew Bucholtz
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Rob Ford celebrates a Nov. 15 quarterfinal win with the high school team he coaches.

With the Grey Cup in Toronto, mayor Rob Ford has been making even more news than normal over the last few days, from betting his weight in food donations against Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi to ducking over to City Hall to welcome the trophy during a break in his court appearance. Still, one of his most classic moments came Tuesday during a football game with his brother Doug (a city councillor) and a bunch of city staff. Ford often talks about football, and he recently skipped a council meeting to coach his high school team, but you don't often see him playing the game himself. Although he has some good moments in this clip, he doesn't exactly cover himself with glory in the play starting at 0:19...

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Ford's pratfall has already caused an international stir on Twitter and provoked plenty of comment. One of the best came from Big Ten (or B1G, given that it now has 14 teams) writer Adam Jacobi, who described Ford as "The most B1G mayor." That seems appropriate, given the conference's reputation for size over speed and agility as well as its struggles this year. Still, this is far from Ford's first fall on a big stage. Here's what happened when he went for a "Cut the Waist" weigh-in back in June:

Of course, Ford has some slightly more athletic moments as well. Here's him double-parking his SUV and sprinting into court Monday:

Any CFL team looking for a running back? Or an offensive lineman? Just don't ask Ford to play centre or quarterback. As we saw from the first video, you might not want him trying to snap the ball or trying to drop back and throw a pass...

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