The beauty of the screencap

Tim Thomas unveiled himself as a very political individual this year and it appears to be more and more likely that his politics are the reason why he may be taking a year away from the game in 2012-13 — provided there is NHL hockey at all, of course.

Today Thomas posted a link to a news story which discusses the world’s economic future. He added the caption “See why hockey isn’t that important right now?” and deleted the post shortly thereafter.

This is why we all ought to be wary of the print screen button. Here’s the story in question.

I can honestly say that Thomas’ whole transformation over the last 12 months has fascinated me to almost no end. Here is a guy who, one year ago, was one of the best underdog stories you have heard in some time, and you couldn’t help but be happy for him. Now he is, on the surface at least, a pariah taking to social media to consistently voice his political views which may or may not be the motivation behind a temporary retirement.

It’s all very confusing.

Regardless of what you think of his politics, I’ll confess that the first thing that consistently pops into my mind is this character from 30 Rock — Steve Austin. If you don’t watch that show, I can only assume that you hate laughter. And, to answer your next question, yes that is John Slattery who plays Roger Sterling on Mad Men. How he makes this character transition is beyond me.

It’s almost as amazing as Tim Thomas’ flip in public persona.