Monday, July 30, 2012
The vilification of Tim Thomas(and other Monday morning musings)
It doesn't take much time on Tim Thomas' Facebook page to realize there's a lot more visceral hatred and sanctimonious piety directed at Thomas than there is in his statement supporting the traditional definition of marriage. Automatically equating support for traditional family values with homophobia is a false and dangerous assumption that's at best disingenuous and at worst a deliberate distortion aimed at whipping up hysteria to push a sociopolitical agenda. Tolerance is a two-way street, and in the debate over what defines a marriage, there's no exclusivity on the moral high ground...If there's even a kernal of truth to reports it'll take 30 million dollars over four years to lock up Shane Doan, the 36 year old unrestricted free agent can save himself the trouble of visiting Montreal this week. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has set a clear course of responsible spending on sensible contracts. With all due respect to Doan, Bergevin is already saddled with enough salary cap deadweight without exacerbating the bloat by overcommitting to yet another veteran whose best years are behind him...It's a measure of the monarchy's waning influence that Queen Elizabeth had to stay up well past midnight to attend Friday's opening ceremony at the London Olympics. Henry VIII would have had the organizers beheaded and married their widows by half-past eight...There's nothing audacious or disrespectful about Lebron James and Kobe Bryant saying the 2012 US Olympic mens' basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team. As a rule, elite level athletic champions don't defer to anyone, whether the opponent is real or imagined...Call me insensitive, but every time a world class gymnast does the one-legged windmill before falling off the balance beam, I involuntarily laugh out loud. Such is the comedic power of the pratfall, no matter how majestic the stage...Olympic table tennis players apparently take umbrage when their event is referred to as ping pong. Seems rather presumptuous for a sport that's at its mass appeal zenith on rainy days at summer camp.