Not trying to veer off into a political discussion, but I'm curious if the new president will be extending the traditional invitation to the team to visit the White House following winning the National Championship.
I think you are right. I did not factor in the pandemic. I'd be shocked if it is an in-person visit by the team to the White House and anywhere in the vicinity of a 70+ year old president.No Chance for that this year. If love for them to get to but I’m guessing they have plenty of stuff on their plate. Hopefully they could later on. Probably virtual like was mentioned.
And in the modern day, there's two other things (related) that go along with it:I agree this is something that needs to end. As politics get more and more divided it becomes a big headache. I doubt many of the Redskins were big Reagan supporters but they went. Now players won’t go if they don’t like the president. Obama invited the 1985 Bears and a couple refused to go. Golden State wouldn’t go because they didn’t like Trump. Some players will boycott now because of Biden.
Just stop it. Unfortunately, if Biden decides not to revive the custom when the pandemic ends someone will make a political issue of it.
Honestly there are a lot of traditions that probably should end with political overtones associated with sports. One is a pretty obvious....And in the modern day, there's two other things (related) that go along with it:
a) social media permits everyone to be a self-centered star, so they get attention for going/not goin
b) outside groups who don't like the leader pressure schools/teams to not go and "send a message," which is pretty dumb.
Side note: when the former Yale first baseman took over for the Gipper, the Super Bowl was played two days later. Between those two days was.....Saturday....as in SNL. One of the skits - and it was pretty funny - had the 49ers winning and Reagan calling and interrupting Bush's call with Bill Walsh and them arguing. It made light of the whole thing.
Exactly. Love the person in there or hate the person in there, you don’t turn down a chance to see where some of the greatest decisions in history have been made, the center of the greatest nation to have ever existed in history. You’re a fool to turn that down for political Facebook clout.Guys, that kind of access to the White House is pretty danged cool. Forget the politics - the history in that building is amazing. Heck, the history in that entire part of the city is worth a month of your time.
If these players can go in a safe way, they should. They may never get another chance.
No one is saying that they should be forced to go, just given the opportunity.I love how everyone is voicing their opinion on this. Everyone is entitled to it. But I try to put myself in the player's shoes. What do they as an individual think? I think some would be in awe of going to the White House and other's wouldn't.