Lost in the controversy, consternation and conservative politics of the Great Tim Thomas Snub was the fact that the Leader of the Free World called Brad Marchand the "Little Ball of Hate."
In political terms, this is what you'd call a "gaffe."
Marchand has many nicknames — "Nose Face Killah" being perhaps the gold standard — and the Boston Bruins pest may have been called "The Little Ball of Hate" in some circles. But there is but one Ball of Hatred in NHL history, and he is Pat Verbeek.
To have the famous nickname of a proud Hartford Whaler bestowed upon a Boston player during a White House Bruins' Stanley Cup celebration … well, blasphemy doesn't begin to describe it. (Unless Verbeek has given Marchand his nickname blessing like Ken "The Rat" Linseman.)
But we're burying the lede here: President Barack Obama singled out Brad Marchand during a speech at the White House, saying he "shrugged off the rookie jitters" to score five goals in the Final. He later shook the hand that punche...