Linebacker Desmond Bishop contributed plenty to the Packers’ Super Bowl win last season. He posted 103 regular-season tackles, and added 26 more (plus a sack and forced fumble) during Green Bay’s four postseason triumphs. But when the Packers made the customary-for-champions White House visit today, Bishop wasn’t there with them. The reason? He forgot to bring valid ID. Ouch. For missing out on a potential once-in-a-lifetime chance, though, he took it pretty well:
Just found some extra motivation tweeples. I forgot my id on plane so won’t get access to see @barackobama .. This time! But next year ;)
Tho dissapointed, i ll live vicariously thru my fellow Teammates.. Nap time.. As jack reacher wud say “sleep wen u can..”
Well, that’s the right attitude to have, we guess. If we missed out on one of the main perks of being a champion due to a simple mistake, and then decided we had nothing better to do but sleep while our teammates were all posing for photos at the White House, we’d probably be raging for a while. Of course, as Bishop himself said, that rage might make for some good motivation to win it all again.
As for the players who could make the trip, the president did the usual routine – praised the Packers for their achievement and their community involvement – with a twist. Obama, remember, is a Bears fan, so while he can respect the Packers’ achievement – and that they beat the Bears to get to the Super Bowl – he didn’t necessarily like it. (Also, he requested Aaron Rodgers be traded to the Bears, odd considering we figured Obama’s had just about enough of deals not getting him what he wants.)
One plus side for the president: the publicly-owned Packers gave him some shares in the team. Rodgers, though, is going nowhere. And with a quarterback that good running the show (and players like Bishop on defense, for that matter), the Packers are going to be a major threat to win another title for the foreseeable future. Bishop might get his White House visit yet.
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