The New Orleans Saints took their Super Bowl Champions trip to the White House over the weekend in order to celebrate their Super Bowl win with the leader of the free world. The White House visit doubles as both a final chapter/closing of the book for the last season, while serving as a clear sign the new season is upon us. Of course, the NFL’s first preseason game of the new year does the same, if not more. For example, during last night’s Bengals/Cowboys scrimmage, my phone was blowing up with texts asking about and discussing fantasy football leagues.
It’s about that time, folks. As for the Saints, President Obama gave the team immense credit for being a beacon for the city of New Orleans in light of the BP disaster, among other things.
“It’s a rare thing when a sports team carries its city through tough times,” Obama said in an East Room ceremony honoring the Saints. “We are very proud of this team.”
So who’ll be the next team from the NFL to visit Obama? Can the Saints repeat as champs or is it time for the Dallas Cowboys to rise up? If Favre comes back to the Vikings, you have to like their chances as well. Another NFC team of note in a position to block the Saints repeat bid are the Green Bay Packers; provided, of course, the Packers can do a better job of protecting Aaron Rodgers.