Boston Bruin net minder Tim Thomas chose to use his freedom of speech to veto a visit to the White House. Kudos to the goalie for placing his pads in front of all the political snapshots.After all, it is difficult enough to thwart policies that are forthright. Republicans and Democrats’ shots are deflected more times than a Kaberle point shot through traffic.
Thomas’ decision does beg a question. Could he have stood up in his crease in any other way? Could Tim have sealed the five – hole in a fashion that would not have offended his teammates? In opting for a no – show at the house that George Washington built, Thomas thumbed his blocker at every cent of his millions in the bank.
Like or dislike the way that America is run all the way to the Bank. Burn the American flag and toss your Mike Modano bobble head doll into the red,white and blue garbage can in your garage. As a citizen in the Excited States – it is part of the constitution that allows you to do so. In doing all of the above, an American ( transplanted or not ), must remember one thing;it is because you live in such a place that you are able to earn a great living.In Tim Thomas’ case – a fantastic living at that.
The entire situation opens more cans of worms than in a Foghorn Leghorn sketch. If Thomas were not rich and famous and decided to skip the White House ceremony, no one save for his dearest friend and relatives would have given an Uncle Sam’s rat’s ass. At the same token – if the subject had come up if Thomas were not part of a Stanley Cup winning team , eyebrows may have gone up yet closed just as quick after a few lines in the local papers.Should politics and sport be mixed in the same glass or should they rest apart like Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin?
Tim Thomas knew his viewpoint long before the topic became fodder for CNN, Fox and the gals on The View. Nobody said that ( aside from Ken Dryden and Ilya Bryzgalov) goalies were smart. Hockey is a team game and the Boston Bruins were invited as a team to celebrate their team win.Thomas’ decision placed him beyond what a group of individuals fought for and won.Say for instance that Tim despised Maxime Lapierre of the Vancouver Canucks more than
everyone else on his team.Pretend it is game seven of the finals and Thomas’squad is locked at one goal heading into overtime.Suddenly, the Bruin goalie decides he is going to hack Lapierre’s head into the not -so -cheap seats.Thomas gets a penalty, Lapierre goes to the hospital and Vancouver wins the Stanley Cup with a power play goal.Would Tim ‘s selfish decision be applauded even though Lapierre is as disgusting as American Governmental policies?
Personal beliefs,statements or habits are for individual sports such as tennis or masturbation.
If you get caught- the shame or pride rests solely on the individual and Kleenex is used accordingly.
Speaking of wankers …
Jack Todd lives, eats and earns a respectful living in Canada.Jack Todd was born in the United States.Jack Todd ran from his country to avoid the war.Jack Todd is what they call a draft dodger.
The Gazette sports columnist and novelist fled his country to speak his mind against government policies.Tim Thomas did the same.The only difference is Mr.Todd eats poutines on a regular basis while Thomas must wait for a game against the Habs.
In his column on Monday,January 3o- Todd calls Thomas’decision ‘ as classy as a swamp rat’. Todd cites his case because Thomas snubbed President Obama. In the words of comedian Steve Martin ;” Exxxxxxccccccuuuuuusssseeeee me?”
Is the kettle suddenly black? Is George W Bush literate? Is Milan Lucic a candidate for the Lady Bing Trophy?
Jack Todd in all his ‘Loria- ness’, has crossed the Mason – Dixon line and should be shot with silly putty before anyone sees the whites of his eyes.Todd disagreed with his President and the ideas of government.Instead of knocking on the White House door and inviting himself
in to discuss the matters – Mr.Todd hopped on the closest Molson beer wagon and ‘ beaver-tailed’ it to Canada. Granted , Thomas did not ask to sit down for dinner with Obama yet at the very least, did not flee the safe confines of Massachusetts.
Shame on Todd for calling out Thomas and shame on Todd for deploying a top ten list in his column.
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