Re: Timmy Time?
posted at 7/2/2013 10:14 AM EDT
In response to MeanE's comment:
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
You really thinks he's above criticism?
I don't think anyone is above criticism, it is the absolute disrespect shown by "Bruins" fans that disturbs me. If Tim simply went to Colorado because of family issues, many that criticize him would not have so much vitriol. However, since he talked about politics, he is now skewered. GM's, players and other representatives have skipped the white house visit and took absolutely no heat. But because Tim did it in a market that is as left as they come, he is slammed by media and fans like he is a terrorist. For crying out loud, there are athletes in this town killing people, but a man talks about faith, family, and politics and he is a wacko? Tim Thomas gave everything he had when he was on the team. His compete level was second to no one! I applaud him for putting his family first. I applaud him for his years of battle fly with the Boston Bruins. I applaud him for being instrumental in bringing my team a cup that I thought I might never see. You can disagree with his political views, his religious views, etc... But as a Bruins fan, you should show respect! Unlike you Dez, I don't worship men, I worship my God.
Mean, I think you're the one bringing piolitics and religion into this discussion, which is fine, but now we're talking about two different things. I think the criticism above has been about the way TT left the Bruins, which I think is very fair grounds for criticism. You're talk about sharing his belief in God (and calling dez gay, I guess) in your final sentence is something different.
I criticize TT for the way he left the Bruins, and my earlier post was a bit of mocking him for the notion that he would take the year off and then start for the US in the Olympics, which is far-fetched in my opinion.
Leaving to spend time with family, or God, or whatever is fine. But when you specifically lobby for a final year of a contract and then decide not to honor that agreement, and leave your teammates handicapped with a reduced salary cap, you might be criticized. No matter how fantastic your previously hockey play was.
I think you're projecting the notion that criticism of TT is all politically motivated, while at the same time noting that your praise of TT is at least partially motivated by your own personal poltical and religious views. And when you go public with your personal beliefs, in any profession, you invite feedback, positive and negative. I would say, don't be so offended by criticism of TT. It was bound to happen with the way he left regardless of his beliefs.