Imagine you are Packers guard Marshall Newhouse (or any anonymous, single Packers player on injured reserve) and you are chatting up a young lady, regaling her with tales about your super season in Green Bay.
Now, ponder what would happen if that young lady saw a photo of the Super Bowl XLV Packers and you are not in it. Next thing you know, you have a drink thrown in your face, she rips you in a Facebook status update and you have to spend the rest of the night convincing her that your Super Bowl ring is indeed real and not purchased from eBay.
Sounds far-fetched? Does it?
That could certainly happen, as word has come out that none of the Packers players on injured reserve are going to be included in the team’s official Super Bowl photo. Injured Packers stars Nick Barnett and Jermichael Finley have been bellyaching about this on Twitter. But what do they have to complain about? People have heard of those guys.
It is the other 14 guys (according to the Associate Press’s count) who end up being viewed like Grandpa Simpson and his story of the Flying Hellfish. Those are the guys who we should be concerned about. How could the Packers be so heartless?
The Packers, for their part, have said that they do not want to disrespect the players on injured reserved. There are just too many of them. Oh, and there is a game to be won, too. Apparently the Packers are more concerned with that (via the Green Bay Press-Gazette) than who is in the team photo.
A Packers spokesman said: “It was a team decision driven by the sheer number of players on IR. Our primary focus is to get the team ready to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Every decision we make is about trying to win a world championship.”
And even then, when faced with the reality of winning the Super Bowl, Barnett did change his tune (via Twitter).
“I was not trying to be a distraction nor was I downing the organization they have done so much for me over last 8 years.. Just saying I was … Just saying I am sad that it worked out the way it did.. This game is bigger then my feelings and my body of work.. It’s about “One Goal”!
Of course, if the players are still upset, they could just learn to use Photoshop.