The Eh Game

Argos’ Belli tells us what Toronto’s mayor tastes like

Don Landry
Eh Game

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford with the Grey Cup. (CP)

Smiles all around. Dancing and hugging. The "Argos" chant being sung as though by angels.

There was also kissing. The mayor of Toronto was involved and one Argo knows just what Rob Ford tastes like.

What else would you expect, when Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman, Adriano Belli is around?

The self-proclaimed "Kissing Bandit" was at his lip smackiest best again, as the 2012 Grey Cup champions were feted at an energetic rally, in front of thousands of people, at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square, on Tuesday afternoon.

Belli, who came out of retirement to play the final third of the regular season and playoffs for Tronto, only to be kicked out for a personal foul during Sunday night's championship game, was much more loving, especially towards Toronto's embattled mayor, Rob Ford.

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Adriano Belli hoists the Grey Cup at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square (CP)

While the mayor (at least for now) was reading a passage from a framed document proclaiming November 27, 2012 to be "Toronto Argonauts Day in the city of Toronto, Belli interrupted as he ambushed the mayor with a big, lingering smooch to Ford's cheek.

Afterward, he was asked "What does the mayor taste like?"

"Aqua Velva," was Belli's immediate response. "You know what, he actually shaved today. I was very happy."

Further queried as to how, exactly, Belli would know what the after shave lotion Aqua Velva tastes like, he offered a quick "no comment," and a smile.

After tasting the mayor's cheek, Belli decided to stay out of the boiling cauldron of Ford's current legal troubles and genuinely offered words of appreciation at the mayor's love of Toronto's Grey Cup champs.

"I leave that to people who care about politics," he said, declining to comment on the fight Ford faces to try and overturn a conflict of interest ruling against him.

"I love him, I'm a football fan and I'm glad he was up there on the stage with us."

Belli kissed every reporter, fan and passerby that came within his grasp, it seems. When it came to Ford, he wasn't so sure he should do it, but decided he needed to make the pucker play as Ford addressed the crowd.

"I didn't want to make him nervous up on stage but he's a proud supporter of the Argonauts and we appreciate it tremendously."

For Adriano Belli, there's something about an Aqua Velva mayor.

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