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Waffle-throwing Leafs fan only faces 5 hours of community service, but is still banned from games


Joseph Robb got off lightly for disrupting a Toronto Maple Leafs game with his waffle-throwing antics, but the biggest punishment he’ll face won’t be the measly five hours of community service. (Joe found this interesting bit of “photographic evidence” of waffle tossing via the Toronto Star.)

Nope, chances are that Robb is most upset that he will still be banned from Leafs games (and other events at venues owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment).

The self proclaimed diehard fan fears that the “notice of trespass” won’t be lifted even after he completes his community service. Perhaps the team will decide to relinquish such a ban if they get enough negative attention, but he’s actions did mess with a game in progress, after all.

The Toronto Star reports that he was originally asked to sign a peace bond and cover 30 hours of community service, but Robb said he refused because he is Scottish. Or something.

“They wanted me to do over 30 hours of community service and they wanted me to sign a peace bond and other stuff. I refused,” said Robb, 31. “My parents are proud people, Scottish people. And they just always told me, no matter what I do, I should always stick up for myself and back what you’re doing and don’t stand down.”

The Crown agreed to drop the charge on the basis that Robb do five hours of community service, Robb’s pro bono lawyer, John Weingust, told the Star.

Robb was under the impression Thursday that as long as he did the community service, a ban on him going to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment venues, including the ACC, would also be dropped.

But his lawyer said the “notice of trespass” Robb was served with is still intact. “There’s no specific period of time” and if Robb went to the ACC he could be charged with trespassing, although Weingust suspects the venue’s management “might think twice about it now.”

Although he claims that he’ll donate the proceeds to charity once he covers his costs, Robb is reportedly selling “Waffle Nation” for $20 a pop now. (His T-shirts might or might not be the same as this post’s main image, as he’s wearing a slightly different one in the Toronto Star story.) He might lose his right to attend Toronto games, but don’t think he will forget about this* easily.

* – Yes, I was tempted to write “don’t think he’ll waffle” easily.

After another waffle throwing incident, the Leafs should stop worrying and learn to love the waffle

Toronto Maple Leafs v Pittsburgh Penguins

The waffles made a furious comeback on Monday night in Toronto for the Leafs 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. If you’ve forgotten, waffles were served to the Leafs nearly 10 days ago during another downer of a Leafs game in Toronto. An anonymous fan stepped up to claim responsibility for throwing them saying the team needed to wake up and have their breakfast and vowed to strike again.

This time it came as play was going on and Phil Kessel was nearly served breakfast directly as he skated up the right wing side. This time around, the folks at Air Canada Centre captured the tosser of delicious breakfast foods, a 31 year-old named Joseph Robb, and threw him out of the game and banned him from future Maple Leafs games. Robb was also arrested by Toronto police and faces mischief charges. If Robb were to challenge the charges he’d have a hard time fighting this photographic evidence from the Toronto Star.

While many Leafs players are miffed and even upset about the act of protest, Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman speaks up for us in saying that the Leafs should embrace the waffle phenomenon the way Panthers fans did in the mid-90s with rubber rats and Detroit has with the octopus.

Things aren’t going so hot for the Leafs and the fans need a little something to have fun here so why not rally around the power of everyone’s favorite Belgian breakfast treat? After all, it beats sitting around feeling sad about losing out on another high draft pick in 2011 thanks to the Phil Kessel trade and being mired in another mediocre and inconsistent season.

Of course we’re not asking that Leafs fans litter the ice with waffles and create an obscene disturbance, we’re just saying that vilifying Robb and other potential waffle-tossers is the wrong way to handle an already ugly situation in Toronto. The last thing the Leafs should be doing is making a martyr out of a frustrated fan and out of every dark situation comes something great that can rally everyone. For the Leafs, a heaping stack of Eggos might be just what the doctor ordered to remedy the downtrodden Leafs and their fans.

Toronto’s “Waffle Man” says he’s not done serving the Leafs breakfast


Yesterday, we heard about the now famous waffle toss that occurred in Toronto at the conclusion of the Leafs loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Through all the mystery and mysticism that surrounds the incredible breakfast-themed protest in Toronto, we were left to wonder both who the tosser was and why in the world he thought throwing a waffle would be a good idea.

As it turns out, Sun Media was able to get in touch with the angry Leafs fan and find out what makes him tick. They were also able to find out why the Belgian treat made for good tossing and if he’ll strike again. As weird as this story is, if you can’t enjoy it I don’t know that we can be friends. Tamara Cherry from Sun Media breaks out the knife and fork to get to the bottom of things with Jack M., aka “Waffle Man.”

There were a few seconds left in another obviously lost Leafs game when the 27-year-old construction worker pulled out the soggy waffles he had stashed under his jersey and chucked them onto the ice of the Air Canada Centre on Thursday.

“They need to wake up and eat some breakfast,” Jack, who asked not to be identified, said in a Saturday interview, hours ahead of the Leafs meeting with Montreal. “I’m just trying to help them out with a balanced diet.”

The “diehard Leafs fan” said he didn’t throw the waffles out of disrespect to the players, explaining, “I love them, but somebody’s got to say something.”

Sending a message via Eggo waffles sure gets you noticed that’s for sure, especially in Toronto where media scrutiny of the Leafs is a daily event. As for Leafs players, like Colby Armstrong, were equal parts miffed and unamused with Jack’s protest.

“Who brings waffles to a hockey game, really?” Armstrong said. “Had we won the game, he was going home with soggy waffles so, I don’t know. Whatever. I don’t appreciate it really, a guy throwing waffles at me when I’m skating by.

“We’re trying to make light of it in here. Throw a T-bone. Spend some money. Throw a filet.”

With Leafs fans throwing stuff, given the ticket prices they have to pay to sit close enough to throw anything, asking for a T-bone isn’t that wild of a request. Still, the Leafs taking things as seriously as they have is a bit disappointing and it shows that their on-ice struggles are wearing on them a bit.

After all, if the fans are resorting to throwing waffles, you can’t get much lower. As for whether or not “Waffle Man” will be heard from again, the Leafs might want to keep some maple syrup handy on the bench.

“The Waffle Man will strike again, I can tell you that,” he said. “If they don’t shape up, yeah, he’s going to have to come back out.”

Rage on, Waffle Man.

(FYI: The Maple Leafs waffle image is courtesy of twoeightnine design who, yes, does indeed have t-shirts you can buy)