Sunday, October 30, 2011
Pushing for an NFL team in T.O.
So much so, the husband and wife — both originally from Toronto — were the first to sign a petition circulated on Sunday to bring a National Football League team to the city.
The petition, drawn up by members of a grassroots group pushing for a team in Toronto, was circulated around the Rogers Centre in the early afternoon on Sunday — in the hours before the start of a much anticipated tilt between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.
Sunday’s game marked the fourth year that the Bills have played in Toronto.
“It’s more like a day out, coming to an NFL game,” said Janet McGowan, who — along with Chris — signed the petition in a Front St. W bar before attending the game. “We’ve been to CFL games, but it’s just not the same ... We watch (the NFL) every weekend on TV — it’s a rule.”
The couple, who live in Brampton, head to the United States at least once a year to take in an NFL match.
“This is not a new movement ... People want a team here,” said Matteo Codispoti, founder of NFL In Toronto.com and organizer of Sunday’s pre-game signature drive.