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Tim Thomas snubs Obama, bums me out

The Pride of Flint, MI

As I’m sure most people know by now, Bruins’ goalie Tim Thomas chose to not show up the White House to celebrate the Stanley Cup with his teammates. Shortly after he released something that resembled a statement regarding why he blew off the president:

“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is indirect opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government. Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL”

Whatever, bro. I don’t know what was worse, the action or the foggy back-peddling reasoning in his terribly timed statement. This was not about politics? That’s a joke, right? You sold out your team and your country because you wanted to send a message. In the end that message was completely convoluted by your disrespect.

Anyone who knows me well knows my love affair with TT is a deep one. But this sucks because I think this whole thing is the beginning of the end of his career in Boston. I’m not sure why just yet, but what I do know is that successful organizations (i.e. Patriots) don’t keep people around that sell out their team for personal reasons. Just sayin.

One more thing Timmy, do you remember that you are from Flint, MI? THE poster child for how a completely free market system can destroy the lives of lower and middle class people? It’s just not a good look. Even Tomas Kaberle showed up and he plays for our rival team in Montreal, had to fly in just for the event, and is from the Czech Republic.

p.s. TT was one of only two Americans that are on the Boston Bruins. Way to go….

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Holy Crap Pedro is the Man

Remember this guy?

WEEI’s Big Show just did an unbelievable interview with Pedro that you can find on iTunes or On Demand from WEEI’s website. It’s a little bit baseball dorky but so awesome. I hate giving credit to the guys on the radio because they really didn’t do anything. All the credit should be given to Pedro. That dude is the sharpest, most honest athlete I have ever heard. I’m so used to every guy being so effing boring that I can’t even listen. To me, the sports interview is sort of dead because of this.

This is just another example of the Red Sox becoming a robotic, rotten clubhouse of douchebaggery. Guys like Pedro helped create a environment of hard work and enthusiasm for baseball that led to World Series championships. I think at this point, this attitude has worn off and its sad.  sigh  Enough of my sour grapes and man-crush on Pedro Martinez.

BTW  our Dachshund Tilly totally did this to me the other day.

Dachshunds dont smile.

Look at those natural athletes

I saw some Youtube video that said Dachshunds don’t smile. At first I thought this was crap, but when I thought about it I don’t think I’ve ever seen Tilly smile. She’s all business all the time. I mean she has fun but her face is always very serious. These people seem to think differently. Lighten up Tilly!

Anyway, Shan and I are both back to school this week. It seems a little quieter around here already, but we are both excited to be busy again.

The Red Sox lost their swagger.

I’ve been hearing about a great article called “Red Sox Confidential” from Boston Magazine by John Bailey (former Red Sox PR guy). Today I finally get around to reading it. It’s a lengthy collection of stories giving insight to the personalities of Red Sox owners Larry Lucchino and John Henry. It actually is a pretty good read and would recommend it to any Sox fan.

However, there was one very short part at the beginning that made it all worth the while. John Bailey explains how the new ownership group came to be: Les Otten and Tom Werner were pushed out of the bidding, needed bigger money, and Lucchino & Henry stepped in.

“They wound up getting the team, of course, but Otten’s role was severely diminished. His sometimes-clumsy attempts to involve himself in team governance — arriving uninvited for management meetings, and even showing up at spring training in full Red Sox uniform to take grounders from Johnny Pesky — made him persona non grata, and his eventual severance from the team was awkward and a bit messy.”

Showing up in full uniform? Inviting himself to baseball meetings? Can’t you just imagine that? Les out there stabbing grounders, slapping players’ butts, running the bases by himself….hilarious. That kind of character is gone from Red Sox now.

Maybe Les was on to something and John Henry should get out there this spring with some headfirst slides for the press.

A good article overall but I still just have that crappy taste in my mouth from last year. I think it’s almost gone but you don’t just get over shit like that. All the things that made the Red Sox so likable in the last decade were completely crushed. It takes a lot more time to be liked than disliked in baseball and these overpaid jerkoffs need to hurry up and get to work.

Song of the Week Drums – Money

 

A thoughtful film I think you should watch

Sean

I’m not entirely sure why I have been so obsessed with this movie.

It’s is called “Following Sean” by Ralph Arlyck.  Ralph moved to Haight Street in San Fransisco in 1969, lived below a hippie family including 4 year old Sean (pictured), and used him as the subject of a short film. Sean talks about smoking pot, cops, riots, and farts. It got tons of mixed publicity at the time, but still an undeniably amazing short film.

30 years later Ralph decided to find out what happened to Sean. He maintains contact with Sean for years and finally released “Following Sean” in 2005.

 

The film starts out as a documentary about the Haight and evolves into an wonderfully real essay about family, life, and the good ol’ human condition. Let me know what you think about it. This may just be my quarter life crisis talking.

p.s. You can watch it online on Netflix. http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70044863