Today in Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford violently tackled a journalist on his way into City Hall. But we at the Wire know that this is neither Ford's first tackle, nor is it his best one. Here are the Rob Ford tackles of record, in order from least amazing to best.
Near miss: the Women's Hockey Victory Celebrant
I could write a novel about the man standing just to the left of Ford at the moment of a Canadian women's hockey team Olympic win. First, he is denied a victory hug from the man in front of him, who instead joins the herd of whooping Toronto legislators. He looks around for someone, anyone, to hug instead. The only man in range: Mayor Rob Ford. Canada's national pride retreats from this one man's heart in the face of Ford's thunderous jumping and he freezes in place for a moment. Now a shell of a Canadian human being, the man half heartedly returns the high five of his intended co-celebrant. While not strictly a tackle, Ford surely broke something in this man.
Honorable Mention: The Man with the Camera
Ford's final gallops towards his office are the stuff of legends at City Hall. When he regularly arrives for work, usually between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., The final trot to his office usually quickens in pace, and regularly doubles as a contact sport. It's rare that everyone escapes unscathed.