Haggerty: Everybody waking up to the real Tim Thomas

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Haggerty: Everybody waking up to the real Tim Thomas

In another example of his inability to leave well enough alone, former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has alienated more of his fan base with another infamous Facebook post.

With four simple words Thomas aligned himself with an embattled Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy after the fast food executive came out with some strong statements against the legality of same-sex marriages.

Everybody thats ever enjoyed a Chick-Fil-A sandwich knows about the companys strong beliefs in religion over commerce. They are the only major fast food chain thats 100-percent closed on Sundays despite prominent placements in mall food courts all across the country.

Thomas Facebook post simply said I stand with Chick-Fil-A.

Of course, it would have been much less controversial if Thomas had posted I stand with Chick-Fil-As waffle fries and then called it a day in the Colorado bunker with a can of Spaghettios.

Never mind the rhetoric-laden argument whether supporting the sanctity of traditional marriage is the same as spouting hate about homosexual couples seeking to enter into same-sex unions. Thats a different argument for a different day, and a much longer column.

But Cathy actually called those that go against the traditional idea of heterosexual marriage as prideful and arrogant to think that we would have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about.

Those are strong words and highly critical of those that believe any able-bodied, in-love adults should have the right to a legal marriage.

In the world of Cathy and Thomas and those of the same mindset a gay or lesbian couple shouldnt have the right to enter into a marriage recognized by the government, the church or their friends and families. Thomas remarks, of course, sparked plenty of discussion, rancor and even pushed some Bruins fans off the fence from supporting the Conn Smythe-winning goaltender.

Its taken some time, but as the weeks go by realization seems to be setting in for many things around Thomas.

The 38-year-old made the choice of personal politics over his teammates in the middle of last year during the teams White House visit, he whisked his family out of the Boston right around the same time and then deserted the Bruins at the end of the season to refocus on friends, family and faith.

Part of the reason the Bruins arent able to do anything this summer is because they cant move the 5 million rock that is Tim Thomas cap space.

But through all of these things most still supported Thomas after he was the main driving force that brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years. Some even held to the amazingly misguided belief the Bs goalie would one day return to the team when he was done with his journey of self-discovery in Colorado.

But it appears that the truth is finally sinking in as Thomas continues an unflattering self-illustration on his Facebook account. Some finally dont like what theyre seeing as the goalie pulls back the curtain behind the Wizard of Oz.

We already knew that Thomas is a Tea Party supporter, somebody that thinks the Greenhouse Effect is a conspiracy for companies to make money through the green movement. Now were acutely aware that he doesnt believe in same-sex marriages. Some will say hes merely supporting traditional marriage and upholding the good word of the Bible, but then again some people still dont want to connect all the dots.

Perhaps the best take was that of Patrick Burke from the You Can Play project, who has argued vehemently, passionately and eloquently for the rights of LBGT athletes in sports over the last year. Burke met with Cam Janssen after his controversial, insensitive comments toward the gay community on the radio several weeks ago, and both athlete and activist came to a greater understanding on the issue.

Tolerance, love and understanding won out over hatred and ignorance. Thats the way it should always be in an ideal world where two adults should be allowed to pronounce their love for each other to the world.

Burke wouldnt comment on the Thomas post, but instead pushed media, fans and members of the hockey community to focus on Bruins players Zdeno Chara and Shawn Thornton. Chara took part in the You Can Play project supporting gay athletes when it first was born during last years All-Star weekend in Ottawa, and Thornton has been outspoken in his theoretical acceptance of any future gay teammates.

What isnt acceptable?

Its hard to understand people that continue to blindly support Thomas because he was a great hockey player or because he brought a Stanley Cup to Boston. Nobody is saying Thomas is an evil person because of his political beliefs, or that he shouldnt have the platform to spout his beliefs-based agenda.

But hes also far from heroic or great.

The once-unanimous support for Thomas is eroding in the Boston area as he alienates one group of people after another, and people are starting to get tired of his act. Just a year ago Thomas was a folk hero that could do nothing wrong in the eyes of just about everyone living in Boston.

But his rigid belief system combined with his unwillingness to ever play for the Bruins again are finally waking people up from their unwavering allegiance to the United States of Tim Thomas.

Better late than never as people continue to understand what he is all about when he starts speaking about the real world rather than stopping pucks.

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way.