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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford watches Argos beat Bombers from the sidelines

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Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford endured insults from fans, but stayed to see his beloved Toronto Argonauts beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Winnipeg's Investors Group Field Friday.

Ford, who said he was on a three-day vacation, watched Friday's game from the sidelines near the Argos bench with a staff member at his side.

"The stadium is beautiful, the people are the most friendly people I've ever met," said Ford. "This is has been a real, real pleasure coming here."

Back in Toronto there is still controversy surrounding the Mayor and his denial of the existence of a video purported to show him smoking crack.

Throughout the game he laughed and even waved as fans booed or chanted "crack" from the stands. Some reached for high-fives.

Ford had the last laugh, as the Bombers were pummelled by the Argos 35-19.

After his stop in Winnipeg, Ford will head to Saskatchewan to watch the Hamilton Tiger-Cats take on the Roughriders Sunday.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce throws during the first quarter.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers  quarterback Buck Pierce reads plays early in Friday night's game.
Toronto Argonauts back-up quarterback Zach Collaros (#17) gets across the goal line for a touchdown during the second quarter.
Toronto Argonauts' Spencer Watt grabs a pass from Ricky Ray during the first half of the game.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Isaac Anderson (86) is brought down by Janzen Jackson (10) and Jamie Robinson (4) i of the Toronto Argonauts in the second quarter
Toronto Argonauts Spencer Watt (89) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Jason Barnes during the second quarter.
Toronto Argonauts Chad Owens signals he's across for a touchdown during the second quarter as Cauchy Muamba of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hangs on. Officials ruled he was brought down short of the goal line.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce gets sacked by Shane Horton (centre) and Jonathan Williams late in the second quarter.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' quarterback Buck Pierce is sacked by Toronto Argonauts' Shane Horton (27) and Jonathan Williams (75) with less than a minute to go in the first half of Friday night's game.
Cleyon Lang of the Toronto Argonauts taunts Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce after Pierce was sacked late in the second quarter during Friday night's game.
Buck Pierce nurses some bumps after a second-quarter sack.
Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterback Buck Pierce sits dejected on the bench during the final plays of the fourth quarter.
Winnipeg Blue Bomber head coach Tim Burke doesn't like what he's seeing.
Bomber fans heckled Buck Pierce as he sat on the sidelines late in the game, and at least one seemed to get a response.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers cheerleaders perform during the game. Meanwhile, also on on the sideline...
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford takes in the action and the atmosphere at Investors Group Field.
Buzz and Boomer tease Toronto Mayor Rob Ford along the sidelines.
Buzz and Boomer have some fun with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Some fans took to heckling Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Rob Ford wasn't the only notable guest at the Bomber game — fans also brought back the cup snake.

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