Michael Wilbon Watched Super Bowl XLV From The White House

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By Marcus Vanderberg Comment

If you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to Super Bowl XLV, the next best place to watch the game is at the White House.

Michael Wilbon had that opportunity Sunday night after getting an invite from one of the president’s lieutenants.

“I’d never been to a Super Bowl party of any kind in my life. I covered 19 consecutive Super Bowls for The Washington Post from 1987 through 2006, meaning I attended each and every game. That ended in 2007, when I began working the NBA pregame shows on ABC every Sunday in the winter/spring, duties that gave me just enough time to scramble to my hotel room and watch the big game in my preferred way, which is to say in total solitude. Even when I was a kid, I wanted to watch the game and hear the broadcast in its entirety, not socialize with kids in the dorm or family members or neighbors who had varying degrees of interest in the actual game. So no Super Bowl parties, none, ever … until Sunday.”

That’s not a bad way to experience your first Super Bowl party.

And in case you’re wondering about the menu:

• Bratwurst
• Kielbasa
• Cheeseburgers
• Deep-dish pizza
• Buffalo wings
• German potato salad
• Twice-baked potatoes
• Snyder’s potato chips and pretzels
• Chips and dips
• Salad
• Ice cream
• Beverages including the following beers: Hinterland Pale Ale & Amber Ale (Wisconsin), Yuengling Lager and Light (Pennsylvania), White House Honey Ale.