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Caps fans bring Obama masks to taunt Tim Thomas

Apr 16, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

If nothing else, the Washington Capitals have been a strong team at home this season. They also have some pretty clever – and politically attuned – fans, which you can see in the way they’re tweaking Tim Thomas tonight with Barack Obama masks:


Photo via Stephen Whyno.

That’s some quality trolling.

To give you a little more background on the Obama mask movement, Whyno caught up with the bloggers/fans who masterminded the inspired bit of tomfoolery. Here’s an excerpt:

“We’ve taken a story that already existed and kind of rekindled it, fired it back to life,” said Kevin Klein of the Sick, Unbelievable blog. “I think in Tim Thomas’ head, it was already there. He knew that coming to Washington after he had made his own political statement, it was going to be a big deal.”

If Thomas wasn’t thinking about it, he certainly saw during pregame warm-ups as several fans brought home-made signs and some printed from the Russian Machine Never Breaks and Brooks Laich Year blogs.

“What did Wayne Gretzky say? You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. This was too much of an opportunity to pass up,” said Mike Holden, 37, of Rockville. “We had Timmy coming to town, and he wants this issue to go away, and we figured we’d put it right in his face.”

It’s an amusing bit of grief-giving, although angering Thomas might inspire some spite-powered goaltending. We shall see.

With all that in mind, I must ask. What ranks higher in your fan creativity/trolling power rankings: Caps fans rocking the Barack to mock Thomas skipping the White House photo op or Pittsburgh Penguins fans embracing Ilya Bryzgalov‘s bear phobias with their furry costumes?

It’s tough to imagine the results being worse for Caps fans, but we’ll have to wait and see.

  1. caps247 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    If there’s something Penguins fans and Caps fans share in common…

  2. tangfan - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    It’s liberal j?&koff night in d.c. maybe the occupy crowd will be there also to help the caps, we should hope for a “fair” game

  3. jucam1 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Barry you’re the MAN!!! Thanks for cleaning up for George Douche and congrats on your second term….. Caps fans, i wish u guys good luck!… Once we dispose of SydGina and his sad lite team, I am hoping to face you guys..

  4. tangfan - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Barry certainly cleaned things up, I can’t believe what great shape the country is in. enjoy my tax dollars, and don’t worry about spending all your welfare money, its free anyway

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      why cant i like this more than once?

  5. proudliberal85392 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Ya gotta love it…hockey fans can taunt like nobody else.

  6. dawglb - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    When Sarah Palin dropped the ceremonial first puck, in Philly, she was boo’d. Like her, love her, hate her, it was rude. Tonight in DC will be just as big of an embarrassment. Keep Mr. Basketball, Mr. Chicago out of it. If the Caps were playing the Hawks, Barry would be cheering for his Chicago squad. How would you like him, then?

    • micasa81 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      Naw, it’s just funny.

  7. amonte13 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    It’s all good, being a Halloween mask will be his legacy, kudos for this people getting a headstart.

  8. wj4122 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Love it!!!!! if Tim wants to exercise his rights he needs to respect the right for others to do the same!!!

  9. kgun80 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    He had a right to do what he did.. But it’s completely disrespectful… if you don’t agree with The Presidents policies.. that’s fine …but you show up.. You shake the mans hand and be an adult you respect the position and what it stands for!!

  10. chitownbullet - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    It’s a hockey game man leave the politics and stupid leanings out. You guys can’t give it a rest for a few hrs and just enjoy the game banter? If not then you’re all extremely pathetic.

  11. savoirlaire - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Nice job, really worked well. A loss. Lame tactic, lame effort.

  12. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    More reason to hope the caps fall on their face again. I’ll be give a standing O when Thomas beats em.

  13. kacapaco - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Obama being halloween mask, and that is by his ‘hometown’ fans?!?!?!? That is awesome. I didn’t know even his fans think he is scary. Anyway, Tim is the winner again. Go Tim Thomas!

  14. drewzducks - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Caps fans better Hope things Change fast cuz this is about to get as ugly as Obama’s economy.

  15. 8spokedb - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Haha i dont know what was funnier, Thomas shutting up all the Caps fans that were wearing the dumb masks or the fact that Alzner made a cry baby gesture to Lucic after he was third man in and jumped Lucic from behind. I guarantee Alzner is gonna get his head handed to him Thursday night by Lucic. The Caps are dumb trying to beat the Bruins at what they do best, physical hard nosed hockey.

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