November 17, 2013 7:58 pm -

Rob Ford didn’t care that the league didn’t want him there.

Ford walked into the stadium shortly after halftime accompanied by security staffers. His arrival caused a stir in Section 129 of the Rogers Centre, with fans clogging the aisle as they snapped photos and exchanged handshakes with the mayor who recently has acknowledged smoking crack cocaine and drinking excessively. Additional security personnel kept reporters away from Ford’s section.

Wearing a dark blue Argonauts jersey with “Mayor Ford” and the number 12 across the back, Ford laughed and drew cheers as he held aloft a crudely constructed replica of the Grey Cup, Canadian football’s championship trophy.

Ford ignored a suggestion from CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon that he stay away from Sunday’s Eastern Conference final in which the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Toronto Argonauts 36-24. Ford was also asked not to attend Toronto’s annual Santa Claus parade.