The worldly side of Lovie Smith


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
While the rest of us are munching frozen dinners and bonbons, Chicago coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Jay Cutler are scheduled to attend a dinner party Thursday night for President Barack Obama at the Chicago-area home of presidential friend Penny Pritzker.

This will be the first time Smith has met Obama, a self-proclaimed Bears fan. But in a quote posted on the Bears' Web site, Smith said he hopes it won't be the last.

Smith: "I'm going to say that I hope we'll be visiting the White House as Super Bowl champs and I can give the president a Chicago Bears ball to toss around the South Lawn."

It'll be the end of a busy day for Smith, who gave current Miss America Katie Stam -- another Bears fan -- a tour of the team's practice facility.