After Chick-Fil-A's owner came out publicly against gay marriage, it has been a part of a PR nightmare. They are losing endorsement deals (The Muppets) and they are now persona non grata in the city of Boston. But now they have a big name in its corner.
Boston Bruin goaltender Tim Thomas took to Facebook to express his support of Chick-Fil-A.
His post said:
I stand with Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A is privately owned by the Cathy family. The company president, Dan Cathy, drew the wrath of gay rights advocates and supporters when he made recent statements that some have alleged are anti-gay.
Cathy told Baptist Press that the company was unapologetically in favor of traditional marriage.
“Guilty as charged,” he said. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
In a separate interview on the Ken Coleman Show — Cathy suggested that the nation could face God’s wrath over the redefinition of marriage.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Cathy said. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”
This isn't the first time that Thomas has caused a stir with his Facebook page. Thomas refused to visit the White House after winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and criticized President Obama for taking peoples rights away.
One Bruin teammate was asked about the comment and said he could not comment because right now Thomas isn't a teammate of his. Thomas is on a leave of absence from the Boston Bruins and is not expected to play this season.
Its been quite a day for former Boston Bruin and Washington Capitals captain Adam Oates. First he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame and now he was named the newest head coach was the Washington Capitals.
Oates has been an assistant coach for the past three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and more recently, the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils.
"We are very pleased to name Adam Oates as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals," said Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee, "Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons. He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach."
Oates spent his 19 year career with the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks, and Edmonton Oilers. He scored 341 goals and 1079 assists and only Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Mario Lemieux recorded more assists than Oates.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion when Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic collided into him.
Lucic and Miller collided in the first period after a puck just went out of Lucic's reach as Miller was trying to knock it away. Lucic was assessed a two minute charging minor for the hit. Miller stayed in the game giving up three more goals before being pulled in the second.
The Sabres have called up goaltender Drew MacIntyre from their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. There is no timetable for Miller's return. Miller went on to call Lucic "gutless" and "a piece of (expletive)".
Lucic is to meet with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan on Monday afternoon to review the hit and talk about any further punishment, if necessary.
I got into a debate with a friend of mine about who had the most exciting postseason, the 2004 Boston Red Sox or the 2011 Boston Bruins. He, and many others who chimed in, said the Bruins. I, and two other people, said the 2004 Red Sox.
People used the World Series as an example of why it wasn't exciting. The Red Sox World Series that year was a sweep, but did feature a very exciting Game 1 that was capped off by a two run home run by Mark Bellhorn in the eighth. But it all goes back to the grandiose American League Championship Series.
The Red Sox coming off a heartbreaking 2003 loss to the vaunted New York Yankees fell behind 0-3 and was three outs away from yet another defeat. Then the planets aligned and the heavens opened and the Red Sox miraculously won four straight to win the American League pennant. People also forget that the ALDS was won on a walk-off home run by David Ortiz.
The 2011 Boston Bruins playoff run was exciting don't get me wrong. The B's falling down 0-2 to the hated Canadiens before coming back to win Game 7 in overtime. The Flyers series was pretty much a stinker save for Game 2 when David Krejci scored a game winner in OT. The seven game defeat of the Tampa Bay Lightning included a 1-0 win in Game 7 and again falling 0-2 to the Vancouver Canucks before winning in seven. Tim Thomas was playing the best hockey of his career and the Bruins riding a wave of emotions after Game 3 when Aaron Rome viciously knocked out Nathan Horton.
Both teams were very similar when it comes to storylines and excitement, but in my opinion the Red Sox run in 2004 just beats out the 2011 Bruins. The Bruins are still fresh in people's minds and are just prisoner of the moment. When you think of the legions of Red Sox fans that have come and gone without seeing them win a World Series title, that right there takes the cake.
I might be a little biased in picking the Red Sox because of my brother. My brother, and pretty much everyone else in my family, is a Yankee fan and I had to endure and suffer through the Yankee dynasty as the Red Sox would just curl up and die when October came. For just one year, I finally had the upper hand and the Red Sox had finally broken through and beat the Yanks, in historic fashion nonetheless. I admit my eyes welled up a little when Keith Foulke tossed that ball to Doug Mientkiewicz for the final out I thought I would never see. My brother was away in college, so I didn't get to talk to him right after, but my mother received a phone call from my brother after the game and left a simple message: "Congratualtions".
I'm a huge Boston Bruins fan don't get me wrong (just ask my family during the playoffs), but that magical 2004 season cannot be beat in my mind. As Boston was finally kings of the baseball world and I could now gloat to my family members after years of suffering.
Thank you, Tito (and Tim Thomas)