Mayor John Tory, former CFL commissioner, forgets about Argos

Toronto mayor John Tory tweeted out his encouragement to the city’s sports teams this morning, which is nice, but there was only one problem: he forgot the Toronto Argonauts.

The link is a story on the Rolling Stone website which asks “Is Toronto the Next Great North American Sports City?” and then reviews, in mostly boilerplate fashion, the challenges the city’s sports teams have had in winning titles recently. While it includes pro soccer team Toronto FC, the article declines to mention the Argos, who won the Grey Cup as recently as 2012 (the Grey Cup isn’t mentioned in a list of 2016’s notable sporting events, either.)

This is pretty predictable from American publication known for its music writing and political coverage (and more recently, bad reporting) but it’s hard to understand why Tory – the CFL commissioner from 1996 to 2000 – would overlook the Argonauts while somehow managing to include the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League.

Tory tried to rectify his gaffe about a half-hour later, replying to his own original Tweet.

Of course, the second Tweet doesn’t appear in Tory’s actual timeline and has been re-Tweeted and liked far less than the original.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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20 Comments on Mayor John Tory, former CFL commissioner, forgets about Argos

  1. God! Can we just take the Argos out of TO and move them to a community that will actually appreciate the CFL and it’s Canadian heritage? What an embarrassment.

  2. manny oliveira // March 3, 2017 at 11:29 am //

    How does a former Commish forget about his now City TEAM in Argos? They give 2 craps!! Move them to suburbs, whr majority of thr fans are from! JohnTory you suck!

  3. Jim Sutherland // March 3, 2017 at 11:47 am //

    Therein lies the problem for the Argos. They are not even a footnote with the mayor in the GTA sports market. I would invest in a large scale PR program with every media person in the greater Toronto area and grab their attention with regular meet and greet events specifically for them. I would take an upscale approach to the events where the media people are given first class treatment because it is harder to ignore or criticize somebody who treats you like royalty and provides single malt scotch. Plus I would invite Argo players to the events so they can provide a human identity to the franchise. Get the Toronto media onside and you will have a very influential ally in the battle to win the hearts and minds of GTA sports fans.

  4. Get over it Toronto you will NEVER get an NFL franchise. PERIOD. Get over yourselves. Move the team out of the GTA.
    I’ll bet not even TSN (Toronto Sports Network) will run with this story either. Even though its deal with he CFL is worth $200 million.
    Behind the Leafs look where there other brands rank. Argos don’t make top ten. No marketing. Dinosaurs become extint.
    Here is the top 10 franchises based on all areas of Canada in brand recognition:

    1. Montreal Canadiens
    2. Toronto Maple Leafs
    3. Saskatchewan Roughriders
    4. Toronto Blue Jays
    5. Toronto Raptors
    6. Winnipeg Jets
    7. Vancouver Canucks
    8. Calgary Flames
    9. Ottawa Senators
    10. Montreal Alouettes

  5. It was an inexcusable gaffe by Tory. He had an opportunity to float the Argo brand on Rolling Stone’s site and has a brain cramp? That’s a special kind of dumb.

  6. I don’t understand why you would interrupt that as forgot when looking at the second tweet… Looks like you’re reaching Drew

    • CC Rider // March 3, 2017 at 3:25 pm //

      It’s because of the time spent between the two comments. They were about 30-60 minutes apart. It was pretty clear that Tory mentioned the Argos only when he got criticized for not doing so in the first place.

      The only possible disclaimer I could give him is that maybe he meant that the teams that have NOT won championships in forever in that city finally will. Therefore the Argos don’t make the list since they’ve won recently. He might wish he’d have worded it that way instead.

      • 21 minutes, though it would have been more meaningful if he had done it right away. But I think it’s more because he tweeted *to himself* — so that addition doesn’t appear in his timeline unless you’re looking at his tweets and replies, and it would not have appeared in the feed of anyone who follows him; just people searching for all tweets about the Argos or CFL.

        I believe it was just an innocent omission followed by a poor use of Twitter, but you’d think he should have known better.

        Marlies were missing too, if we want to consider championship potential for all Toronto pro teams.

  7. stampland // March 3, 2017 at 2:24 pm //

    Rob Ford would have remembered the Argos

  8. No one gives a damn about the argos in Toronto. Might as well be a semi pro team. Canada doesn’t support any sport unless it gets hype from outside the country. Can’t blame it all on Toronto fans. CFL can’t market at all. No one cares about the CFL because they don’t promote Canadians. Call it “our league” but with bunch of American coaches players etc. You think your gonna grow a league in Canada when these guys do don’t believe a Canadian can’t be starting QB etc. Kids look at the CFL as dudes who ain’t good enough to play in the NFL. Yeah your gonna grow a league when Canadians just play oline and ST’s. People In charge of CFL got no clue what is going on, bunch of old white americans just cashing all the checks. Good Luck

  9. The Argos will come back in Toronto. The CFL is a great league. It’s exciting and affordable for a family. I can’t afford season tickets to an NHL team. The Grey Cup was awesome this year. Not sure why some people like to crap on our league. I would love a Canadian Hockey League! Anyways I wish the Argos all the best. Go Redblacks!

  10. Toronto loves the $$ the Grey Cup brings to the city. I’m sure that Tory might then give the Argos a mention. Sad.

  11. John Tory is only interested in …………..Himself.

  12. The whole situation is sad in Toronto. I’m not an Argos fan, but have been to few games at BMO and had a blast (minus the attendance). I’m such fan of the league I’ve gone to games just to see other teams I’m not fans of because I know it will be great game. Wish the fans could get behind them.

  13. John Tory isn’t stupid… he’s a special kind of stupid… and this guy’s the mayor of Canada’s largest city??? Now that’s downright scary…

  14. Joe King // March 4, 2017 at 11:46 am //

    Tory is and will always be a dork.

  15. Ron Bates // March 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm //

    Mayor Tory seems to be embroiled in the should I or should I not syndrome about touchy items concerning the years he was Commish of the CFL and it’s embarassing rescue by Tim’s Corp. for bonus cash for players in the Grey Cup. Sort of the old club guffaw as an explanation is always needed. Now with most troubles out of the way the Mayor retrogresses into ha ha talk. The Argos unlike the Als as Coach Trestman moved into we did not know him and proceeding with immediate upgrades and challenges from the West he and his GM went to work. Now we know him and if all the nay sayers let them go to work we might see real football in the East. The Argos didn’t work because they didn’t look smart or play smart. Oh as for the lacrosse entrepreneurs these teams ride on the drafting of pro sport but ownership in TO couldn’t cut it in the CFL.

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