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Super Bowl XLV: Charles Woodson, the Pack and Those White House Reservations

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJanuary 25, 2011

Charles Woodson intends to visit the White House after the Super Bowl.
Charles Woodson intends to visit the White House after the Super Bowl.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Charles Woodson may or may not have voted for Barack Obama last go-round but he's looking for a post-Super Bowl trip to the White House to visit the man in charge.

It may be the first indication of any sort, the first public notice by either Green Bay or Pittsburgh as to who says they're the ones to beat in this little contest in Dallas, believe it's called Super Bowl XLV, perhaps suggesting that these championship were devised by the Romans.

Seems Charlie was miffed that Obama fully intended to become the first sitting president to go to a Super Bowl, that is, if his Bears, had won last Sunday.

Well Charles, what did you expect? The Prez is a Chicago guy, a White Sox man—not a Cubs guy—and a Bears believer and lover of all things Chicago.

Not sure if Obama carried the city of Green Bay but he did win the state of Wisconsin in 2008 and got 70 percent of the vote in Milwaukee. Don't know how he fared in those Green Bay voting booths.

"The President don't want to come watch the Super Bowl?" chimed Woodson after the victory over the Bears. "Guess what? We're gonna see him!"

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The Pack locker room followed that up with a "White House! White House!" chant.

Well all know what that means. The winner on Super Bowl Sunday gets an invite to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

There's been no talk of a White House visit back in the Pittsburgh locker room. No doubt those guys would be very, very, very content to parade another Lombardi Trophy in front of the Steeler faithful, those wavers of the Terrible Towels.

So was the Woodson Declaration of Intent good, bad or indifferent as far as all of the pregame hoopla goes?

Well, if you are familiar with the Pittsburgh mentality, the thought might be that it doesn't mean anything.

You can't really blame Woodson, he no doubt was caught up in the glee of the moment, the Pack was returning to this championship game for the first time since 1997. The Pack has three of these fancy Lombardi Trophies (67, 68, 96) but it has nine more NFL championships from the good old days before the Silver Football on the stand (29, 30, 31, 36, 39, 44, 61, 62, 65).

Pittsburgh isn't hurting for hardware either, they have six Silver Footballs tucked in their trophy case.

Yes, can't blame Rod because he wants his hands on the trophy named for the legendary Packers coach. You know, that Vince fellow.

No, nothing wrong with getting your locker room excited about a trip to Dallas.

But as the days go by and Woodson and the defensive crew study those Steeler game videos, he may want to think twice before he makes any hotel reservations in the district.

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