Leafs' 'Waffle Man' vows to strike again

TAMARA CHERRY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:54 PM ET

Who throws waffles? Honestly.

Jack M. -- "Waffle Man," as he puts it -- did just that on Thursday night and he vows to strike again.

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."

Jack's waffle-throwing escapade caught headlines across the city and some light, but perhaps slightly annoyed, reaction from the players.

"I don't appreciate it, really, a guy throwing waffles at me as I am skating by," Leafs forward Colby Armstrong said after the game. "We're trying to make light of it in here. Throw a filet, throw a T-bone. Spend some money."

But money is one thing Jack said he doesn't have a lot of (they were no-name brand waffles) and hence, his fury.

This was the second game he attended this season -- the first being a loss to Tampa Bay, he said.

"I'm just frustrated. I paid $203 for tickets to the game, bring my wife and that's what happens," he said of Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Jack said it was easy getting the waffles into his seat, 11 rows back from the Flyers bench, but not so easy to get them onto the ice -- about four of the dozen waffles ended up in the stands.

"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."

But Jack said he hopes he's not the only one slinging waffles.

"I would like for all the Leafs fans when they're upset to do what they need to do. The Waffle Man doesn't want to speak for everybody," he said. "I'm hoping tonight there's a barrage of waffles. That would just make my day."

He created an e-mail account -- eggobomber@hotmail.com -- and Twitter account -- eggo_bomber -- to allow like-minded "fans" to keep in touch. As of Saturday afternoon, he had two Twitter followers.

tamara.cherry@sunmedia.ca


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