At Friday's White House Press Briefing, Robert Gibbs announced that the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers would be visiting the White House this Thursday. When they do, they'll be missing defensive star James Harrison: (h/t Jeff Emanuel)
Setting aside Harrison's ridiculous claim that the Steelers will collect 11 Super Bowl rings (that's not even healthy), Harrison fails to realize the problem he is creating for his team. There are a number of scenarios that put them, and yes, even the nation, at risk.
What if the Press Office challenges the fellas to a pick-up game? Robert Gibbs is known to have a cannon for an arm, and I don't see the Steelers getting past Ben Finkenbinder to sack him without Harrison.
What if, during the visit, some foreign agent tries to steal the Nuclear Football? Doesn't America need, nay, deserve her best tackler in the White House at that moment?
Maybe the NFL needs to have teams write this into players' contracts.
In all seriousness, this reminds me of the old gag where a guy will meet a celebrity, beg him to come over to his table and act like his pal for his date, then brush him off at the moment of truth to impress her. Harrison wants to be so badass, he's not even impressed by the President.
I have to say, despite my knee-jerk reaction that Harrison is being dense and disrespectful, the Bro Code demands that if this move helps him score even once, I must deliver props of the mad variety. Therefore, I'll withhold judgment until all the facts are in.
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