Today, that happened -- not the Alabama part -- when three members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins refused a trip to Washington to honor the team's undefeated season. (The team didn't go to the White House in 1973; President Nixon was a little busy. And, yes, I'm aware that Saban turned down a dinner invitation from President George W. Bush while he was in Miami.)
Former Dolphin players Manny Fernandez, Jim Langer and Bob Kuechenberg stayed home. Langer said, "I don't want to be in a room with those people and pretend I'm having a good time. I can't do that. If that [angers] people, so be it."
As it turns out, these three Dolphins aren't the only sports stars to refuse a trip to the White House. Most notable may be Tom Lehman and the 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup team, who declined a meeting with President Clinton.
-- Phillip Tutor