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Extra, Extra: Civic Destinies, Rob Ford Sports Similes, and Ryerson Pours Concrete on Sam’s

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  • Christopher Hume argues that thanks to the outdoor Raptors game viewing events it’s been hosting, Maple Leaf Square has finally gotten the opportunity to “fulfill its civic destiny.” If the Raptors are able to fulfil some kind of glorious sports destiny at the same time Maple Leaf Square is busy fulfilling its civic destiny, what a time this city will have!
  • Part of Rob Ford’s response to today’s firing of TCHC CEO Gene Jones involved an impressively complex sports comparison: “It’s like taking a world championship team and saying, ‘We’re getting rid of the whole team because one fan said you have a bad team.’ And unfortunately that one fan is Fiona Crean.” This is undeniably apt, as social housing administration is just like competitive sports; a dysfunctional and scandal-plagued organization is just like a championship-winning sports team; and a politically neutral accountability officer is just like a sports fan with grievances.
  • Like a world championship team that has been forced into retirement only to be replaced by collegiate ringers, the old Sam the Record Man site is now being filled with Ryerson concrete. We are beginning to wonder why we have not been using sports similes for years, as they are invariably both appropriate and evocative.

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