There is a lot of ceremonial stuff that happens at the White House. As a sports fan though one of the coolest ones for me is when sports teams are honored at the White House.
If you haven't noticed yet, the New Orleans Saints have not yet visited the White House in honor of their Super Bowl win this year. Mike Florio of "Pro Football Talk" is reporting today that the delay is to be blamed on Saints owner Tom Benson. It should be noted that Tom Benson is a Republican. He's backed both George W. Bush and John McCain in their Presidential bids. He's also donated generously to the GOP.
According to Florio this is pretty late in the summer for a defending champion to not have visited the White House.
Usually, the visit has occurred before late June. Last year, the Steelers made the trip to D.C. in May. The year before, the Giants stopped by in April. After the Colts won Super Bowl XLI, the visit also occurred in April. In 2006, Steelers linebackerJoey Porter and adopted the Secret Service look, wearing his shades inside the White House on June 2.
This is pretty low isn't it? I can even excuse him somewhat for not wanting to go to the White House but why has he not flown his team to Washington yet? Heck, Barack Obama like most of the country hopped on the Saints bandwagon this past season. Has anyone else heard anything on this lately? Has any other owner tried something similar recently? I can't recall one.
Read Mike Florio's full story on this. Saints have yet to visit White House | ProFootballTalk.com