When the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the White House next week, they’ll do it without one of the men primarily responsible for their sixth Super Bowl title: Linebacker James Harrison.
“This is how I feel — if you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don’t win the Super Bowl,” Harrison said. “As far as I’m concerned, [Obama] would’ve invited Arizona if they had won.”
James, are you OK? Have you suffered any recent blunt trauma to the brain box?
It’s a ritual in this country that the major-league teams winning championships are invited to the White House for a visit.
So, yeah, the invitation applies only to the Super Bowl champs. It’s one of the things that make the accomplishment special.
And, no, the President doesn’t have the time or the desire to invite the 31 teams that didn’t win the Super Bowl to conduct seven-on-sevens in the Rose Garden. (After all, that might cut into the time he has allotted to work on his NCAA brackets.)
But, hey, at least we now have a better understanding of how the Steelers got Harrison to sign a long-term deal worth only $51 million.