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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford Videos, Brooklyn Nets Tweets, and Naming a Baby Gorilla

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

  • You can watch a number of Rob Ford–related videos on CP24 right now. There’s one showing a teary Doug Ford insisting he’ll stand by his brother; there’s another of the mayor’s mother, Diane, saying, “I had no idea it was as serious as it was, but he doesn’t live with me. So, I don’t know what he does every minute of every day.” And there’s yet another called “Deputy Mayor assumes Ford’s responsibilities,” which features Norm Kelly talking about, you know, assuming the mayor’s responsibilities. What is not yet available is a video showing Rob Ford smoking crack—but the chances we’ll eventually see one have gone up, in that there seem to be two of them at the very least.
  • It wasn’t just the Rob Ford news that caused Twitter’s little bird head to spin around and then pop off last night: the dramatic, suspenseful, down-to-the-wire Raptors game also played a role in creating an almost surreally intense social media experience for Torontonians. One somewhat surprising during-game message came from none other than the Brooklyn Nets, who tweeted: “Nets fans take note- this is what a playoff crowd sounds like..set your DVD and take notes #RAPTORSvNETS – LR.” It’s amazing what enthusiasm, genuine appreciation, and the shock of watching a home team play in the playoffs can do for Toronto sports fans.
  • And now, because sometimes the combination of political scandal and sporting excitement can be somewhat overwhelming, above you’ll find a video showing Charles the gorilla choosing a name for his baby daughter.

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  • Suicide Boi

    I guess I’m out-of-the-loop but I still don’t know anybody who cares about the Raptors. (This is despite Torontoist’s excellent primer a few weeks ago.)

    • SG 416212

      We Raptor fans are out there. I think our fan base skews younger and more diverse than other local teams (Raptors crowds at the ACC look to me a lot more representative of GTA demographics than Leaf crowds, Argo crowds or TFC crowds). But nice to meet you and welcome to the loop. Go Raps!

    • Squintz

      Just because you aren’t interested in something, doesn’t mean no one else is. The Raptors have been getting playoff crowds as big as the leafs did last year inside and out at the ACC so this statement is pretty misinformed.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        He said he doesn’t know anyone who cares about the Raptors, not that nobody cares about them. How his experience can be “misinformed” is something you’ll have to explain.

        • Squintz

          Well the implication, in my mind, of not knowing anyone who cares about the Raptors is that few actually care. I don’t think it’s a massive logical leap especially when he indicates that he is aware of the coverage on the Torontoist that barely ever covers sports at all. Would that not be an indication that there is in fact a large following of the team?

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            I know exactly one person who follows the Raptors, but I don’t deny the crowds at the games exist.

          • Squintz

            Almost everyone I know follows the Raptors, who’s experience is more reflective of reality? It doesn’t matter, the fact remains the Raptors have lots of fans and your statement is irrelevant.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            Well, no. Whether someone’s experience is reflective of reality isn’t subject to debate, it’s their experience. If I’ve never met someone from Sarnia it doesn’t make me “misinformed” when I say so, because I didn’t say “nobody lives in Sarnia”.

          • Squintz

            I didn’t say your experience wasn’t reflective of reality I just said it’s not indicative of anything outside your experience. So to post it as a comment accompanying this piece is at best an irrelevant “hey guys this is how I feel.” Sure misinformed was a poor choice of wording, if that;s what you want to hear, then time well spent way to prove your meaningless point.
            And dsmithfx, if you don’t care why are you commenting?

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            The point has been made then.

            (However, you did directly compare which experience is more reflective of reality: “Almost everyone I know follows the Raptors, who’s [sic] experience is more reflective of reality?”)

          • Squintz

            I was being sarcastic showing that people have different experiences and one does not define reality any more than the other. Removing the statement from the context of the comment is a convenient way to change the meaning eh?

          • dsmithhfx

            I don’t know anybody who follows the Raptors, and I don’t care if anybody follows the Raptors.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Note to Nets fans: You probably can’t record TV on your DVD player.

  • Squintz

    More like teary-voiced Doug Ford, that was the weakest attempt at appearing to give a crap about a family member I have ever seen. Too bad the guy who coached Oscar Pistorius wasn’t around, maybe he could have manage to get Doug to at least the misty-eyed stage.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    “….but the chances we’ll eventually see one have gone up, in that there seem to be two of them at the very least.”

    There are still a good number of Ford supporters out there. Some 25% of the population. I’m wondering if this crack video comes out if it will shake that support and finally bring Ford Nation to the realization that their guy has some real problems. It’s one thing to talk about him smoking crack and being offensive, it’s quite another thing to see it in action. However the last “Ford Home Video” to go public, the infamous “I’ll kill the Mofo!” video, didn’t shake their faith in the man and only resulted in more attacks on the Star and what Ford Nation sees as a media conspiracy.

    • dsmithhfx

      “I’m wondering if this crack video comes out if it will shake that
      support and finally bring Ford Nation to the realization that their guy
      has some real problems.”

      Apparently (and belatedly) yes:
      http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/05/02/majority_of_toronto_residents_think_rob_ford_should_resign_poll.html

    • TheSotSays

      Well the thing about Rob Ford is that, he’s well motivated, he knows how to get a job done and he remains focused on his objective.

      So, in a few weeks he’ll be back all dried out and good to go for the next 25 years.

      The Iron Chow, on the other hand, will still be the tax plundering, dud NDP candidate she always was. There ain’t no rehab for being addicted to “Other People’s Money.”

      • dsmithhfx

        “Rob Ford is that he’s well motivated, he knows how to get a job done and he remains focused on his objective.”

        When his objective is to get wasted.