Two bad football teams and one bad mayor weren’t enough to put butts in the seats in Toronto on Sunday.
According to the Globe & Mail, only 39,869 showed up for Sunday’s annual Ontario NFL fest, the smallest crowd yet for a regular-season game Bills game in Canada. The number exceeded by only a few hundred the attendance for a Colts-Bills preseason game in 2010.
Mayor Rob Ford, who has lost most of his powers but continues to hold the office, showed up for the game, wearing a very large Fred Jackson jersey.
“I don’t get a chance to watch too much news,” Jackson said after the game. “But I guess I got to start paying attention to it.”
He’s probably the only one who isn’t. When it comes to the NFL, however, plenty of people in Toronto aren’t paying attention.
And that’s bad news for the effort to make the regional footprint sufficiently large to prevent the Bills from being moved to a much larger market in a much warmer state.