If you’re a hockey fan in any way, there’s almost no chance you missed the story about Tim Thomas opting out of visiting the White House with the rest of his Boston Bruins teammates because of his political beliefs. If you somehow accomplished doing so, here’s a super-quick recap before getting to the jokes (the rest of you can skip ahead):

1) Again, Tim Thomas opted out of visiting the White House with his Boston Bruins teammates because he hates the government.

2) Then he posted the following statement on his Facebook wall, and now refuses to answer any follow-up questions:

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. TT

Just ignore the outright lie about “not about politics or party.”

It didn’t take long for that decision to become The Thing we’re all going to associate with Thomas from here on out. He managed to join the proud fraternity of people who we cannot discuss without bringing up their issue (or at least thinking about it). While the reasons differ greatly, The Thing exist for a number of people: Vick = dogs, Wellwood = fat, Tonya Harding = hitman, Malarchuk = neck cut, OJ  = …you get the point.

It’s what we defer to for our jokes that we insist on making because Twitter exists.

Well, Twitter got it’s first real solid crack at Thomas when he got in net at the all-star game, and man, it did not disappoint (predictably, our Backhand Shelf writers featured prominently).

What follows are two screenshots from my twitter feed (favourites). The first one came after Thomas made a couple saves on Senators’ captain Daniel Alfredsson…

…And the last after he swatted the puck away with the back of his hand.

Nice work, everyone.

Thomas wanted his point made, and he accomplished that. And now the rest of us have a new Thing to add to our joke rolodex.