When I first heard about Tim Thomas' decision to skip the Boston Bruins team visit to the Obama White House, I thought the same thing that every other self-styled-Canadian-twitterverse-dwelling- hockey pundit did.
"Tim Thomas," I thought, "while I enjoy your clutch playoff goaltending brilliance, you're clearly an asshole."
But no sooner had popular opinion settled on the idea of Thomas as Tea Party douchebag, than did a few reputable hockey and sports writers start criticising the general public for giving creedence to such ideas.
Yahoo Sports' Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski was first out of the gate with this article. In it he celerbrates Thomas for seizing the chance to make a political statement. He then goes on to chastize his readers; accusing them of being hypocrites in supporting Sean Avery's stance on Gay marriage, while criticizing Thomas' politics. His article was soon applauded by Grantland's Jonah Keri, who tried to further push the defence of Thomas' actions into freedom of expression territory.