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Added January 31st, 2011 by Ian

Toronto dreaming when it comes to hosting Super Bowl
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It’s bad enough that the Canadian city of Toronto already has some of the worst teams in professional sports, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL, Toronto FC of MLS, the Toronto Raptors of the NBA, and the Toronto Blue Jays of MLB, it now wants to stink the stadium out in another sport…the NFL.

Rob Ford, the Toronto’s new mayor embarrassed himself recently with ridiculous statements about the NFL expanding to Toronto and having to award the city a Super Bowl after it does. For some reason Ford thinks the NFL is interested in placing a team in Canada’s largest city and that a huge new stadium will be built to accommodate it.

Ford’s brother Doug made even more asinine remarks when he said there’s no option for the NFL but to put a team in Toronto and the league would have to stage a Super Bowl there within four years. The pair of dreamers then went on about all of the money the city would pull in and the jobs it would create.

But he forgot to mention why the NFL gives a damn about Toronto and is willing to line the city’s pockets with gold. The fact is the NFL doesn’t need Canada and it’s doubtful it wants to go through the hassle of crossing borders and going through customs each week for games. For starters, many players would have a hard time getting into the country because of criminal records.

The World Cup and Olympics might be spread out across the world, but when it comes to the Super Bowl the NFL has its favourite venues. There have been 44 Super Bowls so far and 35 of them have been played in the warm climates of Florida, California, and Louisiana. The game is an American tradition which is treated like a national holiday…and Ford thinks that will be given up to a foreign nation?

The NFL likes the warm weather and that’s where it wants to host the game. The league has played the Super Bowl a grand total of four times in cities that were further north than Los Angeles and one of those was in Stanford, which is pretty close to LA. Even if the NFL did decide to spread the Super Bowl game out around the league, there would be about 20 other cities it would visit first.

Take the Dallas Cowboys for instance. The club has won the Super Bowl five times and is regarded as the most valuable sports entity in America. They’ve been in the league for over 50 years and this is the first time they’ve ever hosted a Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been around almost 30 years longer than the Cowboys and have won the most Super Bowls in NFL history and have never hosted a Super Bowl.

Ford made himself look even more foolish when he said Toronto is the fourth-biggest city in North America and the league can’t ignore it. However, the three largest cities in North America, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles have never held a Super Bowl and LA doesn’t even have an NFL team at the moment.

There’s not really any incentive at all to award an NFL franchise to Toronto, especially if the city’s other sports teams are anything to go by.

 
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