A Violent Femme’s View – So Much For My Happy Ending
But I disagree with this post. And I have a few reasons why. My intent is not to start (or re-start) an argument, just pose a differing opinion.
The Packers going to the White House was a big point of motivation during the game. “1-2-3 White House!” Charles Woodson said, not only jokingly because President Obama is a Bears fan (dude, seriously?) and had said he was looking forward to going to the Bears’ (supposed) Super Bowl; but also because getting to the White House was saying “We won! You may not have taken us seriously, Mr. President (and any other Bears fan, Colin Cowherd, the list goes on…) but here we are.”
Yes, it sucks there was a lockout. Yes, it sucks the timing of the White House visit got pushed until after cuts and trades and free agent signings were (basically) over, at least the ones of the 2010 team members. I realize it complicated things. But.
I look at it this way. When you get married, you send out (in my family anyway) a number of invitations to people who you care about, who shaped you in some way, who wish they could be there but know that’s not possible (and you understand that going in) and by the very act of saying “I wish so much you could be with us” they feel more like they are with you. The point is, you wish they could come for a special day in your life and that’s what the invitation signifies.
The Packers did not do that. The one thing Ted needs to trade for (and not only for this reason) is a new PR department. He won’t, but he needs to. And no matter what you think about this particular issue, I think most of you agree with me.
It doesn’t matter these former Packers are thousands of miles away. It doesn’t matter they just started a new job and can’t take a day off. It doesn’t matter if they are still sitting on their couches waiting for the phone call from the agent. You can’t tell me at least some of these players weren’t hurt. Cullen Jenkins “joked” that he figured the Packers though he would embarass them. When asked point blank, he would not say he wasn’t upset, unless I missed a tweet.
What about Mark Tauscher? A treasure of Wisconsin and the Packers if ever I’ve seen one, who was cut and praised by Ted – and who was kept traveling with the team even after he had a season ending injury last season (very rare, as I understand it) – Mark doesn’t even get to go. Really? For all we know, he saved the season with his leadership and thoughtful comments on the OL’s play.
It’s a slap in the face. It’s not a big one, sure. Maybe it’s more of a princess wave as you watch the Homecoming Queen go by on the float (and you know she’s rubbing it in your face that you didn’t win). It’s not Picturegate (which to me was a much larger snub). But it does not acknowledge the fact that some of these guys played roles in the the season, playoffs and SB XLV win that were important. And they were all part of the team.
Don’t show disrespect to them by not even inviting them. Even if you know odds are they can’t make it. (BTW Ted, “logistics?” – GET NEW PR PEOPLE.) Maybe these guys wanted all of the happy ending, and to rub the win in the #1 Bears’ fan’s face one more time. Maybe by some miracle some of them could actually make the trip. Who could blame them for wanting to go?
But they weren’t invited.