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Ference: 'Laughable' to think Thomas is a distraction to Bruins

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Ference: 'Laughable' to think Thomas is a distraction to Bruins

WILMINGTON Tim Thomas once again skipped out of a media session Monday when the subject of Washington D.C., and the goaltenders decision to boycott the White House, came up.
Thomas cracked a big smile, made a flip comment about being happy to be relieved of his media responsibilities, and walked away from his locker.
He's used to the questions by now, and its clear hes not going to answer any of them. Some of that is Thomas personal choice as an individual, and some of that is the Bruins asking their opinionated goaltender to keep quiet until the season is over.
Boston's surprise first-round matchup with the Capitals may resurrect the issue, especially with national media and reporters from Washington, since it'll bring Thomas back to the scene of the incident. The big issue for the Bruins, though, is how it affects the team at a time of year when they need a laser focus on the task at hand.
The answer is: It won't.
Nobody really cares, said Andrew Ference with a genuine laugh. If anybody asks us about the White House, were just going to say that we had a good time. Thats my answer. When it was all going down, it was people reacting outside of the Boston market. For us that have been teammates with Thomas, it wasnt a big deal. Thats just who he is."
When it comes to polar political opposites, it would be hard to beat Tea Party hero Tim Thomas and carbon-footprint conscious Andrew Ference. They hold absolutely different world views and conflicting political beliefs.
But theyre on the same page when it comes to the success of the Boston Bruins.
The people who think Thomas' actions are an issue with his teammates, says Ference, "dont know anything about us, about how the room works, how the personalities and the dynamics work within the team. Its a joke. Im sure its interesting to talk about or put on the radio. But it doesnt affect any one of us.
Nor, he added, did it ever.
Its not like it threw a monkey wrench into the dressing room," said Ference of the midseason controversy. "Thomas has been like that his whole life. Hes a teammate to us, and thats it. As crazy as some people think his beliefs are, there are people that think the same thing about me. There are people that loved what he did and there are people that love what I do. There are two sides to the coin, so . . . whatever.
Ference drew a parallel between the White House saga and an incident two years ago, when an NHLPA-fueled rift between Ference and Mark Recchi was supposed to have been pulling the team apart.
"Media reports were trying to say the same thing a couple of years ago, that I was killing the team. Its all BS, said Ference. The guys in the locker room think its almost laughable.
"Usually the people that are beating the drum on that stuff are the people that are never in this room."
Sooner or later, Thomas play will do all of the talking for him against Washington . . . for better or worse. Thats all that the Bs goaltender and his teammates are hoping for as the playoff spotlight gets ready to shine on them Thursday night.

Report: Jones may still go after Goodell

Report: Jones may still go after Goodell

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has backed down from his threat to sue the NFL over commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension, is adamant about his fellow owners discussing it at a Dec. 13 meeting, according to Pro Football Talk.

Here's more from Charean Williams of NBCSports.com's Pro Football Talk.

 

Injury won't stop Brady in the kitchen on Thanksgiving

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Injury won't stop Brady in the kitchen on Thanksgiving

Tom Brady was back at practice Thanksgiving morning despite an Achilles' injury that kept him out of Wednesday session.

TB12 was also playing hurt in the kitchen later Thursday as he posted a photo of him preparing Thanksgiving biscuits for his holiday feast.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I wanted to say how much I love and appreciate you all for the support you have given me....

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, also took to social media to post photos of the biscuit master and family jumping for joy to celebrate Turkey Day. Tom's rocking the Uggs of course, but watch that sore Achilles'! 

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