Flash back to January 7, 2012
The Canucks decide to start Cory Schneider in Boston, in the only Stanley Cup Final rematch during the regular season. Luongo sits on the bench and is serenaded by the Bruins faithful for much of the game. The drama before and after the game was something else. Bruins fans were calling out Luongo before the game began, even Canucks fans were chirping among themselves.
Many fans from both sides said that Luongo should have “demanded” to start in Boston.
At the end of the game, the Canucks won 4-3. The game was electric, and was as advertised – the best game of the year for Canucks fans. Neither team has looked very good for the rest of January, making this writer think that perhaps the game that was “just another 2 points” was much more than that for both squads.
The media circus was pretty wild, and the blogging was all of that, amplified. Here’s one shining example:
Flash forward to January 23, 2012
The Bruins are honoured at the White House, as is customary for championship sports teams in the USA. Tim Thomas decides not to show, and releases this statement, via Facebook:
I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.
This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.
Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.
This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT
He says it’s not about politics or party, but his opinion on government is all about politics. Even if we believe Tim Thomas and it’s not about party (which I don’t), it’s not a stretch to say Tim Thomas doesn’t like the current US administration. Don’t be surprised if Tim Thomas runs for office in 2016. Just like #Coho4Calder, you heard it here first.
In a Strange Twist of Fate:
It was not Luongo on the bench, in enemy territory. This time, it was Tim Thomas on the bench. In enemy territory. Think about it. He snubs the White House visit, basically calling out his own government, and then the next day is riding the pine? Come on, Thomas.
You should have “demanded” that start in Washington DC.
You don’t like the White House, you don’t like the government. Now your next game is in Washington DC, home of the White House – you’re in enemy territory and you sit on the bench while the backup gets the start. And your team loses to the Capitals, who are without Alex Ovechkin? Just another reason to hate Washington.