Leafs fan tosses his breakfast

Detroit Red Wings fans throw an octopus on the ice for good luck during the NHL playoffs.

Wranglers fans toss teddy bears onto the rink for charity each year, and countless hockey fans everywhere hurl hats to celebrate a hat trick.

But Toronto Maple Leafs fans whip waffles on the ice at Air Canada Centre to express their displeasure with the long-suffering NHL franchise.

Joe Robb, 31, of Oakville, Ontario, was charged with mischief to property after he Leggo his Eggo during Toronto's 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Dec. 20.

The charges were dropped Thursday in exchange for five hours of community service, but not before prosecutors waffled over a proper punishment.

Robb told the Toronto Star that they wanted him to do more than 30 hours of community service, but he refused.

"My parents are proud people, Scottish people," he said. "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."

They've got to be proud today, especially Robb's father, Joe Sr., who said supportive friends have started calling him Waffle Sr. When the verdict was read, he reportedly wiped away tears of joy with a crisp Belgian waffle smothered with butter and maple syrup.

■ TWEET, TWEET -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck took a shot at New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Thursday for criticizing the NFL Players Association over the lack of progress in its collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the league.

"Somebody ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for," Hasselbeck wrote on Twitter before deleting the tweet.

Shortly thereafter, Cromartie fired back, writing, "hey Matt if u have something to then say it be a man about it. Don't erase it. I will smash ur face in."

In a previous post, Cromartie had ripped his union's leadership about the labor dispute: "There's 10's of thousand ppl who will lose jobs. They taking our healthcare away and our players that have surgery can't even get rehab once March 3rd gets here."

Cromartie might be more concerned than most NFL players about losing his health insurance; he has fathered nine children with eight women.

But he should view a potential NFL lockout as a positive. It could give him a chance to learn the names of his kids. Cromartie infamously failed to recall them all in an interview on HBO's "Hard Knocks" series last year.

■ STRIPPER SEARCH -- A North Texas strip joint manager is looking to hire at least 100 strippers to fill what he calls an exotic dancer shortage plaguing the Dallas-Fort Worth area ahead of Super Bowl XLV.

John Walsh, who manages Showtime Cabaret in Kennedale, told TMZ that the area's 60 or so adult establishments are short a total of 10,000 strippers.

But the area got good news Thursday when a plethora of potential performers suddenly became available after a marathon party at actor Charlie Sheen's house was cut short.