Tag: Barack Obama


Photo: Clearly, President Obama isn’t rooting for the Lightning


The Tampa Bay Lightning have backers including Hulk Hogan and Chris Jericho (plus supporters outside of the professional wrestling world, one would assume). The Chicago Blackhawks have the ultimate trump card: the Leader of the Free World.

President Barack Obama showed his Chicago allegiance in posing for a photo with a Blackhawks sweater alongside Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley heading into Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:

Talk about being a puck partisan.

Caps fans bring Obama masks to taunt Tim Thomas


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.

Thomas on skipping White House visit: “I believe the Federal government has grown out of control”

New Jersey Devils v Boston Bruins

Shortly after opting out of the Bruins’ celebratory White House visit, Stanley Cup playoffs MVP Tim Thomas posted an explanation for his absence on his official Facebook page:

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 in direct 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.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic.

According to the Boston Herald, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he discussed the White House visit for months with Thomas, but declined to reveal why the Conn Smythe-winning netminder opted not to attend.

Chiarelli also said Thomas could be suspended for not showing up for a team event, but will not be.

Bruins to visit White House, meet Obama on Monday

Zdeno Chara

On Monday, the Boston Bruins will celebrate winning the 2011 Stanley Cup by visiting the White House and meeting with President Barack Obama.

It promises to be an exciting day for Bruins players, coaches and management, though it should be mentioned Lord Stanley’s Mug isn’t the only thing being celebrated. During the ceremonies, Obama will highlight the Boston Bruins Foundation, which has raised and donated more than $7 million to various charitable organizations in the six New England states.

The Bruins will be the third NHL team President Obama has welcomed to the White House since assuming office in 2009 — the others were the Penguins and Blackhawks — and the first Boston team hosted under his tenure. President Bush was still in office when the Celtics visited the White House after their NBA Championship in 2008.

In closing, we look forward to reading your “Did Lucic pass the security screening?” jokes in the comments section.

Barack Obama will welcome the Stanley Cup, Chicago Blackhawks on March 11

Barack Obama

It’s a ceremony that has become so deeply ingrained in sports that video games have begun emulating it: when your team wins a championship, it’s only a matter of time before you get to meet the president.

Perhaps the function might be a little more personal for Barack Obama this time around, being that the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks reside in his old headquarters in Chicago. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane & Co. will visit the White House on March 11 at 3pm ET.

Following the ceremony, Michelle Obama and Gary Bettman will help promote Obama and USA Hockey’s contribution to the Let’s Move! venture (check out the First Lady’s commercial here).

Sounds like it should be a lot of fun, even if we don’t get the pleasure of watching Dustin Byfuglien greet the most powerful man in the world in a huge suit.