Toronto sports fans are the worst

Toronto sports fans are the worst. Throwing cans of beer, racial and homophobic insults are just the beginning of why Toronto sports fans are some of the worst behaved fans in North America.

During the seventh inning of the Toronto Blue Jays American League Wild Card game, Baltimore Orioles left fielder Hyun-son Kim made a routine catch on a warning track fly ball. Or at least it should have been a routine play, except for a Toronto fan throwing a beer can at the Orioles’ outfielder.

This was not the first incident of Toronto fans throwing cans of beer onto the field. In the prior season’s playoff series against Texas, Toronto fans littered the field with everything they could throw onto the field after the fan base disagreed with the umpires call on the field. In previous years’ home openers, fans have stolen rolls of toilet paper out of the bathroom and thrown them from the upper deck onto the field. Sit in the lower level outfield for a game and you will hear and chances are you will a few comments yelled at the opposing outfielders that are offensive.

But what can you expect; the Blue Jays have made going to the game more about getting drunk than baseball. By removing a restaurant and replacing it with a beer garden it’s more about drinking than enjoying the game. The Blue Jays should be taking more accountability for their fans bad behaviour. But the fans need to behave like responsible adults and not toddlers who throw toys when they get upset.

But Blue Jays fans are not the only bad sports fans in the Ontario capital. Earlier this summer Toronto FC fans brought a sign to Montreal that depicted a Montreal Impact fan performing oral sex on a Toronto FC fan. The team had to apologize for the sign, but it’s not the first instance of the fan base has behaved poorly. In 2008, approximately 2000 TFC fans travelled to Columbus for a game. But prior to the game, fights broke out between the two fan bases in the parking lot.

Toronto Maple Leafs fans, besides being delusional in their expectations of Stanley Cup parades, are known for running players out of town and again throwing stuff on the ice. With the Leafs finishing near the bottom of the NHL standings for the past few seasons, fans threw jerseys on the ice. The fans were charged with trespassing, forced to pay a fine and banned from the Air Canada Centre for a year.

Scarborough native and Hockey Hall of Famer, Larry Murphy was traded for virtually nothing after the fans constant harassment became too much for management to ignore.  In 151 games, Murphy produced 19 goals, 100 points and just a minus one rating. It wasn’t enough for the delusional fan base, and Murphy traded away to Detroit and won two cups with the Red Wings.

Want a more recent reference see Kessel, Phil; who was ripped by the fan base before being trading to Pittsburgh where he would go on to win the cup. Toronto fans complained that Kessel was fat, lazy and consumed too many hot dogs. Oh and let’s not forget, that Maple Leaf fans threw waffles on the ice and at the aforementioned Kessel.

The Toronto Argonauts and Toronto Rock are the two most successful teams in the city. But the city fails to support them. For years, the city’s sport fans made excuses as to why they would not go to an Argos game inside of the Skydome. First it was the sight lines, and then it was the fact that there was no tailgating. But when they moved outdoors to BMO field and introduced tailgating, attendance was expected to improve. Spoiler alert, attendance has not improved. With the exception of the home opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (and their fans who made the trip), the Argos have not exceeded 18,000 fans in any of their other seven home games.  The Argos current average attendance is 16,550 fans per game. The team ranks dead last in the league, averaging over 3,500 fewer than second last British Columbia.

The Toronto Rock won championships in 2012-13 and 2015. But attendance has been on the decline since their 2005 championship when attendance peaked at over 17,000. In 2015, attendance was hovering around 10000, an all-time low for the franchise.

Maybe the best behaved fan base within the city is for the Toronto Raptors. The fans travel well to opposing cities, and sell out home games. The fans don’t just sell out home games, they jam pack the plaza outside of the arena to watch the games. If there is one complaint, it is the bandwagon nature of the fan base. A few years ago when the Raptors found themselves near the bottom of the NBA standings, the arena was not coming close to selling out, and it was incredibly easy to find tickets on the secondary market for significantly less than face value.

Brantford Cold Cases

Police considered it a cold case when the investigation expels all of its leads and evidence without solving the case. In the city of Brantford, there are currently three cold cases.

The first cold case occurred on September 8th 1983 with the disappearance of 25 year old Mary Hammond. Hammond left her Elgin St. townhouse at 3:30 am, cutting across a field towards the bakery she worked at on Morton Ave. When Hammond did not make it to work the police were contacted. Police followed her footprints but only found items from her lunch and pieces of clothing. The police never found Hammond. Police investigated a suspicious vehicle parked near the bakery, but never located the truck.

In 2012, the case was reopened as Police executed a search warrant for a house on 143 Market St. Police performed a forensic search, but the case still remains cold more than 30 years after the disappearance of Hammond.

On Friday April 8th 1994, truck driver Michael Lovejoy was making his return journey to Michigan after picking up parts in Buffalo. Travelling westbound on the 403, Lovejoy pulled over a kilometer and a half east of the Wayne Gretzky Parkway overpass. Lovejoy proceeded to take off his socks and shoes to have a nap in the bed in the back of his truck.

On April 9th, Lovejoy was found dead after being shot multiple times. Despite receiving over 300 tips, the case remains unsolved. Numerous tips from witnesses claim they saw a male park a transport truck with similar markings and paint behind Lovejoy’s truck. Witnesses state the man then got out of his truck and walk up to Lovejoy’s truck. However, this man has not never been identified.

The final Brantford cold case occurred on Thursday July 28th 2005, when a women walking her dog discovered a full-term baby boy near an abandoned train tracks near Dufferin Ave and Parkside Drive. A police investigation was launched to discover who the mother was.

On August 3rd, Police received a letter from a woman claiming to be the mother saying she would be in contact with them. However, no further contact was made. Nine days later, police released two pieces of the letter from the public hoping to find a way to identify the mother.

The baby was laid to rest on August 17th, given the name “Baby Parker.” The name was given to the baby after the street, Parkside Drive, where the baby was found.

 

Author Note: Another class assignment, and one I would like to revisit and rewrite in a longer format. This assignment had only 600 word count. This has really sparked my interest in cold cases and could see myself revisiting the topic and maybe even writing a book if I ever had the financial resources to dedicate that much time and money into the topic.