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Toronto Councillor admits he had no clue what he was talking about regarding Saints

Doug-Ford

One day after suggesting the Saints were on a short list of possible teams that could relocate to Toronto, Councillor Doug Ford apologized, admitting he was speaking out of his ass out of turn.

“It was more a comment made off the cuff,” Ford said via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Ford, the brother of Toronto’s mayor, hinted he took grief from his brother for mentioning the Saints.  Ford admitted he had bad information.

“We were like, ‘New Orleans? No way!’ ” Ford said. “But it was rumor that had it, it was just a rumor, and I should have been more careful with rumors. I apologize to all of the folks in New Orleans and Louisiana.”

Ford said the Saints are not in fact on Toronto’s “short list” for potential franchises and he never should have said anything.  Apparently, he’s heard from plenty of Saints fans since his mistake.

“Have they put me on the most-wanted list down there?” he said.

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47 Responses to “Toronto Councillor admits he had no clue what he was talking about regarding Saints”
  1. dugganmt says: May 6, 2011 10:59 AM

    At least he has a great smile

  2. drmonkeyarmy says: May 6, 2011 11:00 AM

    At least the guy admitted he was wrong and has a sense of humor about it. That is more then can be said about most people.

  3. paulitik74 says: May 6, 2011 11:02 AM

    They were talking about Los Angeles being more likely being the place where the Ain’ts are relocated on ESPN.

    The Los Angeles Santos.

    quién es ese?

  4. dudebrosday says: May 6, 2011 11:03 AM

    Wrong about Jacksonville, too.

  5. realitypolice says: May 6, 2011 11:06 AM

    A politician admitting a mistake? He’d never make it in American politics.

  6. jedicookie says: May 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    I think a team in Toronto would be cool.

  7. touchdownroddywhite says: May 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    Way to man up and formally issue his own apology. That seems about as genuine as it can get. Sure beats the: “At this time I understand that what I have done was wrong”.

    Afterall, we all know PR guys don’t include jokes in their apology letters.

  8. kevpft says: May 6, 2011 11:09 AM

    How do any of us know he was wrong? Look at the Oklahoma Thunder. There is no telling what can happen once some jerk billionaire gets a notion.

  9. txchief says: May 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    Hoser!

  10. antalicus says: May 6, 2011 11:13 AM

    “The Cowboys, Patriots and Packers are also on our short list” – Doug Ford

  11. santolonius says: May 6, 2011 11:20 AM

    just say no.. to toronto

  12. eustus says: May 6, 2011 11:20 AM

    Apologising is a good first step, Doug.

    Maybe next time, you could actually have the staff working for your dig up some research before you open your mouth. You’re in the big leagues now, son. You don’t want to develop the reputation of being a blow-hard half-wit who doesn’t think before he speaks.

  13. gdeli says: May 6, 2011 11:22 AM

    as a vikes fan i see that new orleans needs the saints as much as we hate them. the canadian needs to stick with the CFL and their holmes on homes on hgtv. awesome show. maybe stay out of football and baseball? haha

  14. baronvonmonocle says: May 6, 2011 11:23 AM

    Maybe he should focus on getting us an NHL team.

  15. denverhighrize says: May 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    I love Canadiens. Instead of trying to explain things away just own it when they make stuff up.

  16. xsammy34x says: May 6, 2011 11:26 AM

    That rumor was so far out of left field its scary… The Saints just signed a new 20 year deal….there upgrading the Dome as we speak and they have a waiting list for season tickets…so whatever Toronto or Los Angeles for that matter….who ever thinks otherwise is an idiot

  17. BC says: May 6, 2011 11:30 AM

    We’ll add another deck to UConn’s stadium if the Saints come to Hartford. Heck, I’d put it on my VISA card.

  18. ravensfan4life52 says: May 6, 2011 11:35 AM

    I was gonna say. when i saw that he said the Saints i thought this guy was delusional. too much maple syrup, cheap beer, and too many hockey fights for this guy.

  19. paulitik74 says: May 6, 2011 11:47 AM

    The New Orleans market has maxed out. The Santos will be in Los Angeles in the next 5 years, 20 year contract or not. Since when did the NFL honor contracts?

    Enjoy it while you can!

  20. Gordon says: May 6, 2011 11:56 AM

    Looks like Mike Holmes from “Holmes on Homes”

  21. dolphincritic says: May 6, 2011 12:02 PM

    How about Toronto buying the Bills and creating a public corporation like Green Bay? Let’s start a good rumor! Who is going to want to pay those Canadian taxes? Free health care after football sounds good. Say the Canadian currency has outpaced the dollar! Man, this could work!

  22. fin72 says: May 6, 2011 12:03 PM

    I think a team in Toronto would be cool.
    _______________________________
    Just follow the Argonauts instead.

  23. bordner says: May 6, 2011 12:04 PM

    Dude looks like Andy from “According to Jim”.

  24. seeschool says: May 6, 2011 12:10 PM

    as a vikes fan i see that new orleans needs the saints as much as we hate them. the canadian needs to stick with the CFL and their holmes on homes on hgtv. awesome show. maybe stay out of football and baseball? haha

    gdeli….i’m a canadian who loves the NFL…but I just want to be clear as to what I am doing because i’m a little confused. How am I supposed to stick with the CFL and stay out of football?

    I’m hoping that you have a good answer for this, so maybe your comment won’t appear as ignorant, stupid and foolish as it does. hu hu huhuhu

  25. MichaelEdits says: May 6, 2011 12:12 PM

    Good day, eh?

  26. CJ says: May 6, 2011 12:26 PM

    gdeli says:
    May 6, 2011 11:22 AM
    as a vikes fan […] hgtv. [….]______________________

    There has to be a correlation there somewhere.

  27. clear2me says: May 6, 2011 12:36 PM

    He insults all Canadians by showing this stupidity. however, he does not insult politicians, he unfortunately typifies them.

  28. shadow1018 says: May 6, 2011 12:58 PM

    @PAULITIK, YOU’RE A COMPLETE IDIOT, OR A FALCON FAN!!

  29. hobartbaker says: May 6, 2011 1:10 PM

    Turns out is was just Doug being a Doug.

  30. tnazvol says: May 6, 2011 1:16 PM

    Imagine that! A politician running his mouth about something he knows nothing about and proving himself to be a moron!

    Nice to know the Good ‘Ol US of A doesn’t have the market on idiot politicians cornered.

  31. scra22 says: May 6, 2011 1:30 PM

    shadow1018 says:
    May 6, 2011 12:58 PM
    @PAULITIK, YOU’RE A COMPLETE IDIOT, OR A FALCON FAN!!

    ====

    How about both? I know he as a Falcons fan would love if the Saints went to L.A. Drew Brees and Sean Payton are 8-2 against Atlanta since coming to N.O.

  32. pigeonpea says: May 6, 2011 1:32 PM

    seeschool says:
    gdeli….i’m a canadian who loves the NFL…but I just want to be clear as to what I am doing because i’m a little confused. How am I supposed to stick with the CFL and stay out of football?

    I’m hoping that you have a good answer for this, so maybe your comment won’t appear as ignorant, stupid and foolish as it does. hu hu huhuhu

    C’mon Seeschool, he’s a Vikes fan. Anything that comes out of that peanut he calls a brain is going to appear ignorant, stupid and foolish.

    dolphincritic says:
    How about Toronto buying the Bills and creating a public corporation like Green Bay? Let’s start a good rumor! Who is going to want to pay those Canadian taxes? Free health care after football sounds good.

    I don’t know who you have been listening to, but healthcare in Canada is anything but free, unless you are some kind of welfare case. Heath care up here comes hand-in-hand with those high Canadian taxes you don’t seem to want to pay.

  33. jhorton83 says: May 6, 2011 1:56 PM

    A politician speaking out of his ass and having no clue what he’s talking about? No way!

  34. hanktheking says: May 6, 2011 1:59 PM

    A) The New Orleans Saints players would be blessed to play in a city ANYWHERE other than the poor, ravaged dump they call home. Maybe the politician was thinking “hell who wouldn’t want to get out of NOLA”.

    B) To a previous poster- you cant sit there and tell me the Thunder haven’t been wildly more successful than the Sonics in 4 years time. Hell there gonna win it this year!

    And C) Yes, American politicians are not the only ones who screw up. They are however the only ones who continue to screw up over and over and over to hide their previous mistakes.

  35. hobartbaker says: May 6, 2011 2:12 PM

    Bob and Doug, the Ford brothers.

  36. shackdelrio says: May 6, 2011 2:28 PM

    The Jaguars aren’t moving. How about the Buccaneers, the team that averaged 10k less fans per game than the Jaguars?

  37. tw4golf says: May 6, 2011 2:32 PM

    dolphincritic says:May 6, 2011 12:02 PM

    How about Toronto buying the Bills and creating a public corporation like Green Bay? Let’s start a good rumor! Who is going to want to pay those Canadian taxes? Free health care after football sounds good. Say the Canadian currency has outpaced the dollar! Man, this could work!

    Why don’t you go pound sand. The Bills are going no where and if a team could go the community route, the Bills would. Worry more about not being in the basement there in Miami.

  38. hedleykow says: May 6, 2011 2:40 PM

    Right off the bat, you have to like a guy that admits he doesn’t have a clue what he is talking about. Those are words you will never hear spoken in this country (or read in the comments section of this blog). lol.

  39. nekelund says: May 6, 2011 2:41 PM

    As a Canadian, let me assure you Americans that the rest of (non-Toronto) Canada are not the least bit surprised that a public official in Toronto said something stupid without thinking about it first. It’s perfectly consistent with our view of Toronto up here.

    Toronto believes that it is:

    a) the centre of the universe (or at least the Canadian universe); and

    b) honorarily American, for the purpose of getting attention from the NFL, NBA, MLB and other US-based pro-sports leagues.

    So, fans of US franchises, don’t think that this is the end of Toronto angling for an American team to move up North.

  40. dogsweat1 says: May 6, 2011 2:48 PM

    The Raiders are moving to Toronto…

  41. P_Willy says: May 6, 2011 3:18 PM

    gdeli says:
    May 6, 2011 11:22 AM
    as a vikes fan i see that new orleans needs the saints as much as we hate them. the canadian needs to stick with the CFL and their holmes on homes on hgtv. awesome show. maybe stay out of football and baseball? haha

    ————————————————–
    I’m from Toronto.

    There’s a very big fanbase for the NFL over here – more so than a lot of other cities with the benefits of a pro-sports team.

    Sure, the teams we have here aren’t the greatest at the moment, but regardless the community supports them all season long.

    The CFL to me is considered no more than a farm league for undrafted players who didn’t make it in the NFL.. Canada’s answer to the UFL or folded NFL Europe.

    A niners fan for all of my life – there are a million canadians like me who love the NFL so much that we make it a point to fly out to see our favorite teams several times a year. We have the market, the finances and fanbase to put a good product out on the field, should we ever get the opportunity.

    Stay out of football? I think not.

    Now you want to talk about Baseball?

    Hey – the Toronto Bluejay’s won back to back world series with a dominant team. We compete year in and year out – but unfortunately have to compete with the deep pockets of the Yankee’s and Red Sox. We’ve put up some of the best numbers in hitting and team ERA in the best division in all of baseball – So we’re not leaving that either.

    Vikes fan huh??

    Assuming you support all teams in the twin city,

    Your Twins and Timberwolves haven’t done a hell of a lot either. Not to mention the Minnesota Wild hockey team – if it still exists…

    And the real kicker is that the Vikings and Argo’s have the same # of Superbowls..

    Good luck with Ponder – Dumb ass.

  42. thefiesty1 says: May 6, 2011 3:25 PM

    Duh!

  43. gregjennings85 says: May 6, 2011 4:08 PM

    That picture screams:

    “I have no idea what I’m talking about.”

  44. ilovefoolsball says: May 6, 2011 5:24 PM

    paulitik74 says: May 6, 2011 11:47 AM

    The New Orleans market has maxed out. The Santos will be in Los Angeles in the next 5 years, 20 year contract or not. Since when did the NFL honor contracts?

    Enjoy it while you can!
    ______

    We enjoyed having your team, the Minnesota Vikings, down here the last two times, both games resulting in a victory.

    I hope y’all do stay in Minnesota but at least get some wood beams to hold up that flimsy ceiling.

  45. jaypace says: May 6, 2011 6:33 PM

    Before Katrina he might have been right

  46. 504in860 says: May 7, 2011 2:59 AM

    ilovefoolsball says: May 6, 2011 5:24 PM

    We enjoyed having your team, the Minnesota Vikings, down here the last two times, both games resulting in a victory.

    I hope y’all do stay in Minnesota but at least get some wood beams to hold up that flimsy ceiling.
    —————————————————–

    That clown is a FalCANTS “fan,” which is even funnier.

  47. lennydpocketqb says: May 7, 2011 10:40 AM

    Canadians… A country of socially awkward jerkoffs.

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