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Toronto mayor: Leafs in 6, wanna bet? Boston mayor: No

May 1, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT


After declaring the Maple Leafs would defeat the Bruins in six games, Toronto mayor Rob Ford extended an invite to Boston mayor Thomas Menino for a wager on the series.

Turns out it’s a no-go.

Menino, having recently broken his leg and still dealing with the Boston Marathon bombing aftermath, declined Ford’s invitation to bet on the opening round of the playoffs.

Here’s more, from the Globe and Mail:

“I was told the bet is not on and I appreciate it,” Mr. Ford told reporters after an appearance at Sick Kids Children’s hospital.

“They have gone through some really, really tough times down there. He didn’t want to bet at this time. That’s fine. I accept that. What happened down there is a lot more important than a hockey game,” said Mr. Ford.

The rejected wager will also give Ford extra time to work on his football moves.

How about grey suit just flying into action? That’s secret service right there.
  1. elvispocomo - May 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    That gif =

  2. freestyle1022 - May 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    More like Boston doesn’t waste its time betting on a first round series…

    • hockeyflow33 - May 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Because a hokey bet on the finals is much less hack?

  3. r4n6er - May 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Too soon Toronto…

  4. mpops86 - May 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Toronto continues to find ways to embarrass itself. Who the hell bets on the Conference Quarterfinals?

    And Torontonians, don’t give me the, “Ford is a joke,” schtick. The whole city and everyone in it has an unhealthy obsession with a bad team and its pathetic history.

    • timsabourin - May 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      give it a rest pops. why are you so cranky? did someone let you stay up past your bedtime again?

    • kitshky - May 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Come on dude, I’m no fan of Toronto definitely no fan of Ford the unholy dipsh*t … but let em have their fun. There’s nothing out of line about betting on *any* playoff series.

      If anything, it’s simply extending a hand of normalcy to Boston after what they’ve been through and respecting their (not unexpected) response.

      • mpops86 - May 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        When was the last time a mayor or governor bet anything for a conference quarterfinal? I don’t remember it ever happening.

        Point is, the spotlight that the town has put on this team and this series is too bright for anyone to stay away from.

    • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      The whole city and everyone in it has an unhealthy obsession with a bad team and its pathetic history.

      Like say, Boston and the Red Sox? Especially pre-2004?

  5. isithockeyseasonyet - May 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Eh, it’s a lighthearted attempt to keep things interesting, no foul by either side here

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - May 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I wouldn’t be that shocked: nobody in the east is all that convincing. That includes Pittsburgh.

    • steve717 - May 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Your mom is really convincing.

      • thedavesiknowiknow - May 1, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        And your parents are divorced because your dad had an affair with the mailman.

  7. sombostevo - May 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    More importantly, is there really a hospital in Toronto called “Sick Kids Children’s Hospital”?

    • dodger88 - May 1, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Yes, a hospital devoted entirely to the treatment of children.

  8. hockeyflow33 - May 1, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Menino decided he could not even attempt to pronounce Toronto

  9. nananatman - May 2, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    For a guy that loves football so much he misses council meetings and potentially misappropriates funds he sure does suck at it.

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