It’s been a long-standing tradition for championship teams to pay a visit to the White House, bring a jersey with the president’s number on it, and take some nice photos. In all honesty, it’s a pretty boring exercise, and one that’s usually not worth tuning in for.
With this president, however, anything and everything is an opportunity for excitement. Love or hate the Trump, he’s completely abandoned the stodgy, somewhat dull affect that previous presidents have almost universally adopted. This president can turn an appearance on Access Hollywood into a story that sticks around for weeks. This president let Rob Gronkowski within fifteen feet of a podium with his seal on it. This president considers himself a qualified NFL scout, adding Deshaun Watson to his unenviable list of favorite quarterbacks. (I guess that settles the whole Watson/Trubisky debate once and for all?)
Trump’s stream-of-consciousness style makes his interactions with sports teams, comprised entirely of people outside of his demographic, a jewel of an opportunity.
There were probably fake reports that the “woke” Golden State Warriors would refuse the White House’s invitations, although Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry have made their feelings about the president fairly clear. The Pittsburgh Penguins are mostly Canadian, but Trump also loves Pittsburgh, so who knows what will happen there.
The number of players visiting the Trump White House is an interesting stat. Only 34 New England Patriots showed up this year, compared to 50 in 2015, but Patriots PR insists that this had more to do with veteran players not seeing a reason to go for the second time in three years than politics. If that’s true, we should see a similar drop off in Penguins and Warriors players attending, since they’ve both won recent championships, as well.
Lastly, and these are purely personal things, I think Donald Trump will really like Phil Kessel. They’re both kinda bigger guys, who people sometimes don’t take seriously, and they’re both sassy on Twitter. They also both ran for president in 2016, albeit with differing results. I think they’re going to be best friends.
I also think there’s a more-than-zero chance that Draymond Green gets overwhelmed and reverts to his baser instincts, which usually involve someone getting punched in the groin.
I also think, at some point, Donald Trump is going to realize that there’s historical precedent for the president deciding who plays in the college football national championship game and restart that tradition.
The Penguins won their title earlier. Trump likes Pittsburgh more. And most importantly, they said they would accept.
Curry and West have expressed their negative Trump-inions in the past. Kerr blasted the Donald as a “blowhard.” Klay Thompson, on the other hand, told CNN that he’d likely to go the White House no matter who is in office.
These odds would be shorter if the proposition wasn’t so close to being true.
These odds would be a lot shorter if there was a Secretary of Frumpiness.
Featured image: official White House photo by Shealah Craighead.
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