Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs have won four in a row. James Reimer was lights out last night as we came back against the Sharks. All four wins have been pretty sweet, as most wins are, but I'm not gonna bite this time.
The last time we won four in a row, I wrote the most embarrassing entry in the history of this blog. That's right, I bit... and I bit hard. I put on the blue and white tinted goggles and lost touch with reality.
Not this time. Nope. Not gonna do it.
I'm sure I've bitched about this before, but I'm going to do it again. It's my blog, you'll just have to deal with it.
It's Saturday. On Saturday nights during hockey season, I go on autopilot and naturally tune in CBC at 7pm for a Leafs game. The Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada was always a slam dunk. There was a solid stretch of 15 years there where the Leafs were featured every Saturday night on HNIC, so you can see how this muscle memory evolved.
So it's Saturday, and I'm already planning my day around the Leafs game tonight, except there's one tiny problem with that... The Leafs don't play today. That's right, it's Hockey Night in Canada without the blue and white.
I don't get it... sure, there are more competitive teams this year, but there are no teams with as big a fan base. Without a doubt the CBC takes a ratings hit every Saturday night they don't feature the Leafs. Why screw with my sacred Saturday night ritual?
I'm not exactly sure where the blame lies. The NHL makes the schedule, but I'm fairly certain the CBC has been able to demand Saturday night Leafs games. I'd love to know if this is the CBC saying they don't need the Leafs every Saturday night or if this is the NHL schedule makers dealing shitty cards.
A Saturday night in January without a Leafs game is like certs without the retsyn. What the hell am I supposed to do tonight?
Johnny Bower didn't just help lead the Leafs to Stanley Cup wins in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, he also recorded a local holiday classic. Sung with Little John and the Rinky Dinks, Johnny Bower's "Honky the Christmas Goose" was released in 1965 and enjoyed a significant amount of airplay, making it to number 29 on our Canadian music charts.
The China Wall didn't need no auto-tune.
During our last game against the Thrashers, Joseph Robb hurled waffles during another mediocre effort by the home team. Here's what Joseph Robb did.
We know it was Joseph Robb because the Toronto Star caught him waffle-handed. Here he is, making a statement on our behalf.
We know our hero's name because he's been charged with mischief.
The Toronto police, meanwhile, charged 31-year-old Joseph Robb with mischief (interference with property). He has a court date on Jan. 27.
Robb has been banned from the Air Canada Centre for all events as well as other Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment events at BMO Field and the Ricoh Coliseum.
The Star spoke with Robb.
Robb, who intends to fight the charges from Monday night, said he was not the original waffle thrower but just a copycat expressing his frustration with the Leafs. He says "real fans" can't even afford game tickets - his ticket was a gift - and they are tired of empty promises from management.
"I didn't mean to cause no trouble."
Robb tossed the waffles - which were thawed and soft - "just to say ‘wake up' or something. Stop treating your fans like Eggos."
As a fellow die-hard Leafs fan who's had enough, I have one thing to say... thank you. Thanks for having the courage to throw a waffle at this under-achieving, over-priced product. Thank you for taking one for the Barilkosphere, for getting the media's attention, and hopefully MLSE's.
Toronto FC fans got MLSE's attention with chants and protests during home games. After missing the playoffs four years in a row, they'd had enough. Our Leafs are about to miss the playoffs for the sixth time in a row. It's about time the waffles showed up.
We must continue to throw waffles at Maple Leafs home games, for Joseph Robb and the rest of us who are suffering. I do hope we do it after the whistle, and not during play, but I do hope we continue to do it.
Joseph Robb, we thank you.
Not sure how I missed this, but the green men got us good on Saturday night.
Did somebody say waffles?
Thanks to Jensen for the clip.
It's now an annual tradition.
No final since '67.... no final since '67.
The Waffle That Unites Us All is sure to catch on. It is the symbol of our discontent. Puck Daddy just wrote about it and it just appeared on Deadspin. This thing has gone well beyond the Barilkosphere and I'll be thoroughly disappointed if I don't see a few waffles tonight against the Habs.
If you're going to the game tonight, please... bring waffles. We need this. We need something... anything. Waffles are perfect.
But really, what do we know about our new tasty hope? From Wikipedia, here's everything you wanted to know about the waffle (but were afraid to ask).
A waffle is a batter- or dough-based cake cooked in a waffle iron patterned to give a distinctive and characteristic shape. There are many variations based on the type and shape of the iron and the recipe used.
Other waffle-shaped foods exist, and are sometimes referred to as waffles because of their shape. Most are actually potato products.
Waffles are eaten throughout the world, particularly in Belgium and the United States. Common toppings are strawberries, chocolate, sugar, honey, syrups, ice cream and more. Waffles can be desserts and breakfasts.
Waffles are also traditionally thrown at Toronto Maple Leafs home games by fans fed up with 43 years without a Stanley Cup. This tradition began following a loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on December 9, 2010.
Ladies and gentlemen, pelt the ACC ice with waffles!!!
Waffles. Detroit can have their octopus, we have our waffles. A week after I wrote this, following a couple of big losses against the Pens and Flyers, I finally have a symbol of our discontent.
It's perfect. Perfectly tragic and sad, but perfect nonetheless.
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