Social Climber: Rob Ford Smackdown, Lil' Wayne Causes Football Star Fumble and Forest Fire Threatens San Francisco
Aug. 24, 2013
By GILLIAN MOHNEY
Rob Ford Gives the Smackdown!
The Canadian Press, Chris Young/AP Photo
Turns out Canadians aren't always our friendly northern neighbors, sometimes they just want to lay the smack down.
On Friday controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford took on pro-wrestling legend Hulk Hogan for a supposedly friendly bout of arm wrestling to kick off an annual pop culture convention.
According to the Associated Press, Ford strutted out to "Eye of the Tiger" to take on Hogan, then ripped off his jacket and tie. After locking hands, the mustachioed wrestler threatened he would "rip" the mayors arm off.
"I'm going to take your job while I'm at it, brother. Mayor Hogan," the wrestler added.
But weighing in at 307 pounds, Ford wasn't going down without a fight. The two squared off for the 20-second match and it was the city's hometown hero who came away the winner.
"I own this town!," yelled Ford when he won.
Deion Sanders Jr. Fumbles at Lil' Wayne Concert
Oh Twitter, always getting athletes into trouble. Southern Methodist University (SMU) officials are investigating football player Deion Sanders Jr. after he attended a Lil' Wayne concert and got to visit the rapper backstage according to NFL.com.
The college football star posted a photo on Twitter where he posed in an SMU shirt with the rapper and a few other teammates.
But as with so many Twitter photos, that tweet could be trouble for Sanders Jr., since under NCAA rules it is illegal for a player to use any type of athletic connection to receive a benefit, such as free concert tickets or entry to a VIP backstage area.
However, it turns out the senior Deion Sanders is friends with the rapper and went to the concert with his son.
The pro football hall of famer is reportedly a friend of the rapper and tweeted after the concert, "My sons and I truly enjoyed @LilTunechi in concert tonight in Dallas. Waynes Prayer b4 the show on his bus truly inspired my kids. Truth."
Gov. Declares State of Emergency for San Francisco
The Modesto Bee, Andy Alfaro /AP Photo
Forget the "big one," the next natural disaster to hit San Francisco might be a fire burning more than 100 miles away. A massive forest fire burning through Yosemite National Park led California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency since the fire poses a threat to San Francisco utilities, according to the Associated Press.
Already two of the city's three hydroelectric plants are threatened, and the fire is encroaching on the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which provides San Francisco with 85 percent of its water.
The fire has burned over 200 square miles in the area and led to evacuation advisories for the city of Tuolumne and Ponderosa Hills.
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