Sports Net- The Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum has a new member on its board of directors — former Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
A spokesman says the controversial politician was elected to the board at a member’s meeting last month — but he won’t be on the committee that selects inductees to the Hall of Fame.
Ford says he has a lot of experience in the hockey world and wants to help promote the sport to children.
He says he’d do anything to support the game in Canada.
I know what you are thinking. Can't be good for a professional sports organization to place the beer swiggin', crack smokin' ex-major of Toronto in a position of great prestige. I got to say, I couldn't disagree more. The biggest problem that the NHL has had is growing it's popularity. What better way to remedy that than to anoint the only thing from Canada that is bigger, literally and figuratively, than the sport of hockey. The guy lives, breathes, drinks, eats, and smokes hockey. It's all about the love of the game. Who doesn't have a few skeletons in their closet? You'd probably smoke a little crack too if you were a Toronto fan. Hell, Ford was nominated a couple days ago and he's already the most successful person associated with the Maple Leafs. Does anyone question whether or not Rob Ford has hockey's best interest in mind? Does anyone question whether or not he can bring the game more exposure? He's certainly not going to bring it any less.
If Ford could replace some of that excess weight with any hand-eye coordination what-so-ever, and maybe a little athletic ability he would make a great hockey player. If there is a sport whose athletes are able to occasionally surrender to the vices of substance abuse and still get their extremely demanding job done it's hockey players. Pretty sure Tyler Sequin and Jamie Benn split pregame 6 packs. If Alexander Ovechkin doesn't at least dabble in the nose candy then my knowledge of cocaine is more limited than originally thought. Those guys are some of the best in the league. I don't have an extensive knowledge of Toronto's mayoral history, but I can only imagine Ford ranks near the top as well. So maybe he tied off here, popped some pills there, smoked a little crack everywhere. Sometimes you need some illegal narcotics to release the tensions that come with a position of great influence. Say what you want about Ford's health, but the guy has the heart of a champion. Just win baby. Take no prisoners. Let no opponent, big or small, stand in the way. All that and he's still able to avoid taking life too seriously. For those that don't know the competitive, yet liberal nature of the sport of hockey, Rob Ford's personality makes him a man of it's people.
Plus, can you honestly tell me that slamming a few beers and taking in some hockey with Rob Ford doesn't look like the most fun you've ever seen in your entire life?