The 2011 Stanley Cup Champions got the opportunity to visit the White House and meet President Obama yesterday to celebrate their feat. I thought it was pretty cool that Obama knew what he was talking about in his speech. He mentioned a few of the players and made some pretty funny jokes. He even gave a shout-out to Brad Marchand, calling him ‘The Little Ball of Hate’ (LOL) and praising his determination and his skills (noting that he started the season on the fourth line and ended it with five goals in the last five games of the post-season). The only disappointing part of this is that it took 8 months for the Stanley Cup Champions to get to meet the President, but only 1 month for the World Serious Champions. It’s ok though, I understand.. Presidents have important things to do.. plus hockey is far from the top sport in America. I’m just glad they finally got to do it.
The other big thing about this was Tim Thomas, the Bruins’ only American player, refusing to go. People have been blowing this up, but it needs to stop. He specifically said it has nothing to do with Obama himself, or which political party is in the White House. He said it was about our coutry’s government in general, all political parties, and where it was headed. I think it was a bold statement and I admire him for having the balls to do it. ..and that’s it! He made a statement and that’s his right.. end of story.
I recommend watching the video of Obama’s speech, definitely funny. You can find various clips of it on Youtube, but here’s a good video summary of the funny and important parts of his speech, along with a short article:
(sorry, embedding it wasn’t working)
Here’s a more extended version of Obama’s speech:
Thanks for reading,