The Strange Reasoning of Mister Harrison

May 19, 2009

Under the heading of “Unclear on the Concept….”


James Harrison, the outstanding, but tempestuous all-pro linebacker for the Superbowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers has declared that he will not be joining his teammates when they go to the White House to be congratulated by President Barack Obama. This is not a political statement (and actually if it was, even if I disagreed with his reasoning, I’d at least respect his position) — Harrison did the same thing when the Steelers won the 2006 Superbowl, refusing to visit with then-President George W. Bush.


That said, Harrison’s stated reason for not going may be one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard anyone say:


This is how I feel — if you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don’t win the Super Bowl. As far as I’m concerned, [Obama] would’ve invited Arizona if they had won.


Well, yes, James, in all probability President Obama would have invited the Arizona Cardinals to the White House if they had won the Superbowl.  That’s how this works.  He’s not inviting you and your teammates because he wants to see the Steelers.  He’s President; picking up a spare ticket or two (or four) probably isn’t much of a problem for the guy.  This is about honoring you and your teammates for winning the game.  So go; don’t go — really, I can’t imagine why any of us should care.  But please, don’t pretend that this is anything more or less than an attention-seeking ploy by a spoiled, immature prima donna.  And don’t try to justify it by spouting spurious logic and pretending that your pride has been wounded.

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