Bruins better hope Thomas’ concern for Middle East isn’t distraction

Thomas/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — The day before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final with your team down 1-0 probably isn’t the best time to “put things in perspective.”

But that’s what Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas tried to do today as he talked after practice about getting mentally prepared for the Bruins’ must-win game tomorrow night at the TD Garden.

“I think you should get mentally prepared. It can get all-consuming but I don’t think really that’s the right way to go,” he said. “These hockey games are important, they’re important to us, they’re important to the city, but to be realistic, it is just a game. You look around at what’s going on in the world right now, Israel was attacked on numerous fronts yesterday. It can really make you put it in perspective.”

Well, Timmy, thanks for your concern for the state of Israel. But there have been horrible things going on in the world for centuries and yet the NHL exists and you’re being paid pretty handsomely — $5 million a season — to stop a puck and reward the people that pay hundreds of bucks to see you play in person and on television with a victory.

So, yes, a hockey game isn’t war. But it is important when it’s your livelihood. I’m not sure if Thomas was just making a convenient excuse for himself should things not go his way in this series, or maybe he’s just belittling us media types whose job it is to chronicle his every move and his team’s every game and take it seriously.

Sorry Timmy, we all can’t have the courage to go report from the Middle East. Just like some of us have a talent to get paid millions to play a sport while teachers and factory workers are getting laid off. Sports is big business partly because of the media granting so much attention to the games and players and asking questions that fans want answers to, regardless of how insignificant you think they are.

That’s the way the world works. Hopefully thinking about the 2012 presidential race won’t make you miss the next Brett Clark backhander.

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