You may have thought that the biggest thing riding on the opening playoff series between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Crapt...er, Raptors...was a trip to the second round to face the Miami Heat, but you would be wrong.
In a long-standing tradition between mayors and other elected officials representing cities and states with competing sports teams, Borough President Eric Adams and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made a friendly wager on the series.
Adams was willing to put up a Jay-Z CD and a six-pack of Brooklyn Brewery beer on the series, but the hard-partying, crack-smoking mayor of T-dot suggested dropping the sixer for fear that the evil media would spin it in an effort to once again put the spotlight on his past troubles with substance abuse. (Please! Drinking a six-pack of beer hardly even rates in light of the other substances Ford prefers, but whatever.)
So Adams dropped the six-pack of brew and put up the Jay-Z CD, while Ford offered to give Adams a CD from Canadian singer Drake should the Nets win. Well, the Nets won in thrilling fashion on Sunday afternoon, and we're sure that Adams was anticipating playing that CD at ridiculous volumes in his new office so that everyone on Cadman Plaza could hear it.
But there was one slight problem. Ford couldn't send him that CD because between the time he had made the bet with Adams and the conclusion of Game 7, he had checked himself into rehab after new photos of him smoking crack were published in The Globe and Mail.
(Really, the crack is one thing with this guy, but why is he smoking it in places where people can easily get photographic evidence?)
So we thought for sure that “Dirty Little York” would have to renege on the bet, and Adams would never get to hear the sweet soulful sounds of Drake for himself, but a Toronto councillor, one-termer Josh Matlow, agreed to pay the bet and preserve Toronto's honor and dignity.
Matlow has been a vocal critic of Ford and called on him to resign.
“With or without Mayor Ford, the business of government must go on,” Matlow was quoted as saying. “We've go to improve transit, fix gridlock and get a Drake CD over to President Adams.”
Alright Miami Mayor Tomas Pedro Regalado, what are you willing to put up? And do you think you can stay out of trouble long enough to make good?