Rich old white men never get anywhere with me ...

Perhaps the greatest line Aaron Sorkin ever wrote came in the first season of Sports Night, when Dan Rydell compared himself to Rosa Parks in a coversation with ihs boss, Issac Jaffe.

Jaffe's response:

No rich young white guy has ever gotten anywhere with me comparing himself to Rosa Parks. Got it?

Today, in the Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom wrote about the New England Patriots players who said they will not visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl title (a column, it should be noted, Albom never wrote when Tom Brady or Tim Thomas refused to visit the Obama White House after titles).

It is surely their right to do so as Americans.

It is also rude.

No one is asking them to endorse a candidate. And taking a photo with your nation’s elected leader doesn’t mean you surrender your right to disagree with every single thing he does. That’s the beauty of America. In fact, the visit may give you a rare chance to express your views to the leader himself.

Mitch ... no rich old white man has ever gotten anywhere with me telling young black men how they should express their political beliefs.