Re: Thomas Embarrassed
posted at 2/1/2014 10:03 AM EST
In response to MrHulot's comment:
I simply cannot blame the media for TT becoming a distraction; he fed them all his bs about politics, and a journalist would be remiss if he/she didn't write about it (again, I don't care if TT is a liberal, communist, conservative, preservative, whatever).
I think you can be a fan of someone/something, and you can still maintain your ability to reflect on things in an objective way, or you can simply be a fanboy. I saw a lot of this "yeah, he made a mistake, maybe even more than just one mistake, but he's still (insert celebrity's/politician's name here), and that's all that matters" bs growing up in Europe, and I hated it (still do). I hate this "Crosby can be a royal a..hole most of the time but I don't care because he's the best player on the planet" bs as well. IMHO it's this kind of celebrity worship that brought us "stars" like Paris Hilton.
I want to call a spade a spade; nobody gets a pass for being a pr*ck from me, not even Bobby Orr, and, btw, the Bruins won the cup in 2011 as a team, and TT was pretty good, but HE WASN'T THE SOLE REASON THEY WON THE CUP! Playoff top scorer David Krejci could have won the Conn Smythe, and it wouldn't have caused much of an uproar.
Yeah, that's about right. We like to put all of the issues related to TT in one bag because, ultimately, these discussions are about whether you like TT or not - sort of a Facebook level of depth. Really, there's three pieces to this whole conversation, and there's not much overlap between the pieces, so how anyone decides to prioritize one piece over another is more about them than TT. 1) Two Vezinas, Conn, Cup. 2) Distraction created by his decision to go public with controversial political views. 3) Left the team with a year on his contract.
1) is the reason anyone here cares about this discussion. Thomas was an essential building block in getting the Bruins to where they are now, from stabilizing the position after years of constant transition to providing a competitive advantage to providing Conn worthy goaltending. You can't argue what Thomas did for the Bruins.
2) is usually used to blame him for 2012's performance, but you know, as much as they struggled after the WH fiasco, it was their scoring that deserted them and Horton's concussion was around the same time, so it's not like Thomas's actions were the sole reason. It's also true, and generally ignored, that for the last three years, the Bruins have gone to OT in game 7 of their first round matchup. They're 2-1. When they get out of the first round, they've gone to the Finals. Joel Ward scored. Bergeron or Lucic score and they stick to this pattern? Maybe the whole WH fiaso is forgotten.
3) is often understood as a continuation of 2. I don't know that the reason Thomas quit matters much to me. He has the right to quit, resign whatever just like any other person in any other job in the world. People get upset about this for two reasons that I find completely dissonant. A) He walked out on his team and B) he screwged the Bruins out of being able to trade him and get something for him. So he should be loyal to the team even if the team is planning on treating him like a commodity. This is one more place where we should remember that it's a business for the players and not just the owners. Be mad at Thomas for walking out because you're deprived of watching one of the most entertaining goalies play; that I get. The rest is jilt and it gets inflated by the political stuff.
In the end, for me, Tim Thomas is a guy who plays goal in the NHL. The Bruins won a Cup in 2011. I love that Cup, man...I really love that Cup.