Photos: Rob Ford, crack-using Toronto mayor, confuses Canada by wearing Broncos jersey

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For years, the National Football League has tried to build an audience for American-style professional pigskin to other countries -- but a weird incident yesterday suggests there's still quite a ways to go.

Specifically, Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto, who reportedly admitted to probable crack-cocaine use "in one of my drunken stupors," showed up at a press conference rocking a Broncos jersey that at least a couple of the journos on hand didn't seem to recognize despite the global hype for a little game called the Super Bowl.

In this tweet, Elizabeth Church, from The Globe and Mail, identifies Ford's outfit as a "football shirt."

Likewise, Matt Galloway of CBC Radio1 refers to the garb generically as an "orange football jersey."

CBC Toronto's Jamie Strashin seems to be a little more up to speed on the NFL. In his accompanying tweet above, he name-checks Orlando -- i.e., Orlando Franklin, who wears number 74 for the Broncos. According to TSN, Franklin grew up in Toronto. But Ford's also a Peyton Manning fan, as he noted in a recent radio appearance.

In the meantime, credit journalist Simon Ostler for actually recognizing the jersey as pertaining to the Broncos....

Regarding the press corps in general, TSN reports that Ford didn't address the Broncos outfit in his comments, and if anyone asked him to explain the attire, his response didn't make any of the reports we found. Apparently reporters in Canada are so accustomed to wacky behavior from Ford that they don't even bother inquiring unless someone complains about it. Note that in November, Ford was criticized by his hometown Toronto Argonauts for making sexually explicit statements while wearing one of that squad's jerseys.

Thus far, we haven't heard of any gripes from the Broncos. And at least Ford supporters in Canada now know who their guy wants to win the Super Bowl: the team in the orange football shirts.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

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Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Jacob, if someone like Mayor Lard Ass is supposedly an average politician, perhaps apologies are in order for infamous former DC mayor Marion Barry, given that the latter's most egregious offenses pale in comparison to some of the allegations against the former. Derp. Let's be honest here. There isn't anything "average" or "real" about Fat Boy here, even by douchebag Yank standards. At least your "typical average" North American politicians knows better than to intentionally put on a freak show. This guy is a GOON, plain & simple.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Aww...how cute: a troll that clones another clone-troll that failed miserably in trolling a troll, or perhaps this is just another phony Lamebook account for the sole purpose of deflecting from the true source: the very same clone-troll who STILL fails miserably in trolling trolls. It appears business must be VERY slow for you to spend so much time and exert so much effort into your little charade, Jimbo, only for your efforts to fall completely FLAT. What a n00b.

Trafton Foster
Trafton Foster

I really want to see Tom Ford have a no holds barred debate with Richard Sherman about... anything

Leo Vargas
Leo Vargas

Tired of the judgemental I never touched crack but I am human and not seeing a whole lot of human compassion he probably is provoked and he doesn't make crack so point your filth finger at the true problem makers who make and fly the "coke" from Afghanistan

Jacob Johnson
Jacob Johnson

I don't know why you put that in quotation marks considering I did not say that. What I am saying is that he is the most average person in politics and anyone who says otherwise is clearly either in denial or doesn't know very many people.

Jimmy's Liver
Jimmy's Liver

Sterling Meeks : Step 1) Go to a gun range Step 2) Turn the gun on yourself

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

In Seattle, they condone the use of performance ENHANCING drugs, not performance DEPLETING. BAM!

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

In certain settings, "keepin' it real" is not exactly a redeeming quality. Having let more than his pot belly hang out for the world to see just shows he is NOT fit for public office...or dog catcher, for that matter.

Jacob Johnson
Jacob Johnson

I fucking love this man. He's probably the realist politician around right now.

Triste Comptone
Triste Comptone

CUZ THEY DRUG ADICTS MILLER REMEMBER THE BRONCOS R JUZ LIKE HIM

Teresa Walker
Teresa Walker

oh good lord, why couldn't this dip shit be a seahawks fan??

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

If you are ever having a real shitty day watch this guys best of videos on youtube, preferably the Jimmy Kimmel one, and you will instantly be in better spirits. lol. This guy is comical.

Matt Laurita
Matt Laurita

Or it's because Orlando Franklin is from Toronto.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I'll bet there is a large number of people in Denver who wouldn't recognize a Blue Jays jersey--worn by another team that last won such a "little game" over a decade ago.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

We'd like to see a Rob Ford-Richard Sherman debate, too, Trafton. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for weighing in, Jacob. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Hilarious post, Teresa. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for the tip, Michael -- and for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Always nice for an offensive lineman to get a little attention. Thanks for the post, Melissa.

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