It seems that MLSE isn’t going to just sit back and take this throwing waffles at the crappy hockey team shit.
In a move that says they might just care about what happens on the ice after all or at least one that says please stop drawing attention to our poor product, Joseph Robb, the guy whothrew them on the ice during Monday night’s shitfest,has been charged with mischief and banned from attending the Air Canada Centre and all other MLSE owned buildings for an indefinite period.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this whole waffle thing. I know people are frustrated with how the Leafs are doing. Hell, I’m one of them. They’ve given us some fun games and great moments this year, but more often than not they just plain suck, there’s no two ways about it. I understand that the frustrated want a way to express themselves, but why throw stuff on the ice? To me it seems dangerous and stupid, especially doing it while play is still going on. If you really want to send a message, stop going to the games. Stop watching them on TV. Write letters. Write blogs. Hit Twitter and Facebook. Stop buying products from MLSE’s sponsors. Hit them where it hurts, in the bottom line. that seems to be the only thing the company cares about anymore, so make it count. Don’t spend your own money on tickets and breakfast. You do that and they win. They have your money,that’s all they need you for.
But on the other hand, I see where Joseph Robb is coming from, at least where his mischief defence is concerned.
“I see octopuses being thrown on in Detroit games and hats being thrown on,” he says. “I mean, is a hat better than a waffle? Just because you’re praising someone (with a hat for a hat trick), you can’t throw something on when they’re crap?”
Man’s got a point. I’m not the type of person who would go to a sporting event and throw something, but there are people who do and hardly anybody complains. Perhaps there needs to be a stop put to all throwing unless it’s being done for charity, like when teams do the teddybear toss and every bear thrown down after the home team scores its first goal gets donated to needy kids. That way it can’t be seen as there being a double standard and all the throwing is sanctioned and safe.
But this gives me an idea. Maybe there should be a waffle night. The first time the Leafs give up a goal and you know they will, fans get to pelt the ice with waffles…which can then be collected and donated to a food bank. Pissed off fans get to keep doing their waffle thing, some hungry people get a little breakfast, MLSE can say they’re making some good out of a bad situation, everybody wins. Well, everybody but the Leafs, but that kinda goes without saying these days which brings us back to why we’re having this discussion in the first place.