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    ProFootballTalk.com - James Harrison Won’t Go To The White House

    Wow.
     
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    Re: James Harrison refuses to visit White House with team

    ok james...
     
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    Re: James Harrison refuses to visit White House with team

    He did not go before when they won...so it's nothing political...just a bit odd...that's all...
     
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    Re: James Harrison refuses to visit White House with team

    You have to respect a man of principle....I'm just not sure what principle he is going for here...
     
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    Re: James Harrison refuses to visit White House with team

    Clearly, this man knows something we don't.
     
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    To use his vernacular, such a comment is "ig-nant".
     
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    His choice. Good for him.
     
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    If it was a statement of principle, I could dig that, but what the hell? Is he honestly mad that only the winner gets to go to he white house?
     
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    Think about it, what teams havent been able to visit the white house, arizona being one of them.
     
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    I understand the entire Detroit Lions team has refused to go.
     
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    “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, would’ve invited Arizona if they had won.”

    Maybe I'm just completely missing his point, but dude, he's not inviting the Pittsburgh Steelers because he's a big fan who waves a yellow towel on Sundays in the fall; he's inviting you because your team won the championship last year. Your statement leaves you appearing to be a buffoon that is not aware of that tradition.

    No different invite than every other football, baseball and basketball team has received for decades. Yes, Arizona would have been invited had they won last year - and in fact Detroit would have been invited had they won last year too.

    If he is trying to say 'don't use us for votes, I'm not a political pawn', then that's fine - but he should be a little more clear in his statement. If he only wants congratulations from long-time diehard Steeler fans - great, go for it (even if your teammates did show up on Today, Leno, Letterman, etc.) Though I am curious if he did the same thing when the Steelers beat the Seahawks a few years ago.

    The biggest problem I have with this is that his message and motivation is unclear. It doesn't change how I view him as a player or the Steelers as an organization, but I just find the whole thing very odd - because I don't know what he's trying to say.
     
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    I don't see what the big deal is.
     
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    I wouldnt go either. Maybe he has the same level of respect that i have for politicians :D
     
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    I would definitely go.

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    He's getting blasted for it but he had a point...
     
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    Me too, I have never met a politician that does not have an individual agenda. This is just a photo op for whomever is in the white house.....and didn't the Steeler ownership support the current president?
     
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    It goes both ways - it helps the politician, but it is also one of the government's ways of supporting the NFL. Which, last time I checked, is what makes it possible for Harrison to be a rich guy and to have any noteriety at all, instead of coaching high school football somewhere.

    I doubt hosting these guys is high on the President's priorities. He'd probably rather be doing something else.
     
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    I do not understand why this is news.. and I do not understand why he doesn't go.. without regard it is no big deal he has choices.
     
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    Actually there was a much longer quote that relays a much deeper explanation (pardon please Mr. Shakespeare):

    "To visit, or not to visit: that is the question:
    Whether 'tis nobler in my mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of political misfortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of fumbles,
    And by opposing end them? To eat: to sleep;
    No more; and by a sleep to say we end
    The heart-ache and the thousand camera poses
    That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wish'd. To practice, to sleep;
    To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
    For in that dream of that interception what dreams may come
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause: there's the respect
    That makes word of so long life;
    For who would bear the whips and scorns of Goodell,
    The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
    The pangs of despised love, the NFL's delay,
    The insolence of the Oval office and the spurns
    That patient merit of the unworthy hand shakes,
    When he himself might his quietus make
    With a bare Steeler? who would James bear(?)"
     
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    I think it's funny!
     
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