President Joe Biden hosted the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights at the White House on Monday to celebrate the championship.
As Biden talked about Las Vegas becoming a major sports city with champions ranging from the NHL’s Golden Knights to the WNBA’s Aces, he joked about the Philadelphia Eagles slipping out of town and what would happen to him. him.
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«And together they are building a legacy in a great American sports city. In fact, Kamala hosted the Las Vegas Aces in September, when they had just won back-to-back WNBA titles,» Biden said.
«Just one promise: not to get the Philadelphia Eagles to leave… because I’ll get divorced if that happens. I married a girl from Philadelphia and… and it’s a long story,» he said, referring to his wife Jill.
The first lady had appeared at Lincoln Financial Field in the past to cheer on her beloved Eagles. But there is no chance of the team leaving for Sin City. The Raiders already have a home in Allegiant Stadium. The city will likely soon welcome the Oakland Athletics.
«You’re proving that sports in Las Vegas are one of the best shows in town,» Biden said.
The Golden Knights are off to a good start to begin the defense of their title. Vegas has 12 wins in 15 games. Coach Bruce Cassidy believes the team’s continuity made the season feel like an extension of last year.
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«It makes days like today more enjoyable,» Jack Eichel said. «It’s been a good start to the season. Obviously we want to keep doing it, but yeah, it’s a celebration of what we accomplished last year and then we get back to work.»
Alec Martinez, who was on the Los Angeles Kings’ championship-winning team, said he was happy the president gave them time given everything going on in the world.
«Obviously, there are much more important things he can do,» Martinez said. «So to take a little time out of his day to allow us to have this experience is pretty special.»
Mark Stone gave a speech after Biden and said he was the most nervous he had ever been.
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«It was probably the most nervous moment I’ve ever felt,» he said. «Talking in Las Vegas (at the parade), I think I had had a few drinks, so it was a little easier to do it. But with the president standing a couple steps away, it was definitely pretty stressful.»
The Associated Press contributed to this report.