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Turns out Boston still loves Tim Thomas

Feb 1, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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If you thought that Tim Thomasstand against President Barack Obama and ditching out on his teammates at the White House was going to make fans in Boston upset, you’d be very wrong.

Last night against Ottawa was Thomas’ first game back in Boston since snubbing the President and the Bruins faithful greeted him the one way some people thought they wouldn’t by cheering their heads off for him. As Joe Haggerty of finds out, it’s a moment that Thomas isn’t going to forget.

“I was pretty certain [it would be a good reaction],” said Thomas. “But having said all that I didn’t take it for granted. I was mentally prepared either way.”

While Boston is one of the more politically active cities in the country, hockey fans there care not for these matters and like Thomas more for his ability to be a game-changing goalie instead. That’s probably for the best as Thomas’ actions could’ve made his life in Boston really difficult, really fast.

Perhaps now we can finally put this whole story to bed… Until Thomas wins the Republican Party nomination for President anyhow.

  1. foodforthesoul28 - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM


  2. babar61 - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Well actually, I was hoping they would boo him to cause problems for the bruins.

  3. back2backbees - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    The liberal spin doctors should finally leave this non-story where it always belonged; DEAD and BURIED…right next to the HABS playoff chances

    • skids003 - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      You can’t write for MSNBC unless you lean way left. And they don’t mind taking potshots at anyone who doesn’t agree with their politics, although they take great offense if you shoot back at them.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        Well, someone has to be the balance in FOX News’ “Fair and Balanced” reporting…

  4. pittsburghpoonslayer - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    boston must be full of commies too.

    • ballistictrajectory - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      You might want to review your American history.

  5. cowboys282 - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I stood up and gave Thomas a standing ovation which I never do for introductions. I did this because I support Thomas for standing up for what he believes in not because of anything Hockey related. And my sense was that was why most of the crowd reacted the way they did. For the record.

  6. acieu - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    He is still an ignorant AH

  7. orpikseyes - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    what a fahhkin homo kid. i bet he cant wait for Crosbys Thick & Chunky chowda to spray all over his face on Sata Dee. dood is wicked scahed.

  8. 8man - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Thomas and the Bruins have done more for me than any president has in quite some time. I’ll trade a trip to the White House for a trip to meet and greet the Bruins any day of the week.

    Go B’s!

  9. AlohaMrHand - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Why would they boo him?He won a Cup for them and he’s one of the top goalies in the NHL.Why is it we preach about in America we have the right to speak our minds and when we do we are villified for it if the majority doesn’t agree?

  10. neelymessier - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    I love the B’s and Thomas, even liked Schilling while he was a player. I don’t think there should be any repercussions, but I do not think one should shy away from using the spotlight for political or religious purposes.

    The Champions are invited to the Whitehouse every year, could be Reagan or W, could be Clinton or Obama. The president should be respected as the president regardless of ideology, and champions should accept the invitation.

  11. 8man - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    By the way, last night was a big come from behind win. If the Sens hold on, they are only two points back of the B’s for the division lead. As it stands, they are now 6 back. When the dust clears in April, if the Bruins have one of the top seeds, last night’s game will be one of the reasons why. Ottawa has to know they had a big opportunity on enemy ice last night…

    • The Baseball Gods - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      The major flaw with your statement is that Ottawa has played 5 more games than Boston. Yeah, you read that correctly 5 games. Since the NHL runs on a point system these kind of things usually go unnoticed. Just because they would have only been 2 points back doesn’t mean they were remotely close to the Bruins. Now they are really far back.

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